Common Core in Louisiana:
Common Core State Standards

On June 18, 2014, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced executive orders withdrawing the state from the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It remains to be seen whether or not the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will regonize the legitimacy of these orders. BESE recently stated that despite the governor’s stance, Common Core is still on track for 2014–15 school year implementation.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

All curricular choices made by local school districts are reviewed by the state board of education.


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

The LEAP (Louisiana’s current standardized assessment) was altered in 2012 and 2013 to better align with Common Core. Louisiana will begin using PARCC assessments in the 2014–15 school year.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Louisiana was originally part of the inBloom Database but withdrew soon after privacy concerns surfaced.


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool



Common Core Legislation


The Common Core was unanimously adopted by the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2012 and passed the Senate with only nine votes against it.

Status
Passed

SB 449 focuses on protecting the privacy of students in public schools by limiting access to their individual records. HB 555 provides penalties for violations of student privacy, including collecting and sharing information without consent.

Status
Pending


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Louisiana

Representative Schroder
Supports CC
985.893.6262
Email


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Updated: 6/23/2014