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BESE supports change in shift to tougher standards

3 years 3 days 15 hours ago December 03, 2013 Dec 3, 2013 Tuesday, December 03 2013 December 03, 2013 5:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White.

The plan will raise accountability standards - like the grading of students, schools and teachers - to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.

The Common Core standards are grade-level benchmarks adopted by most states for what students should learn in reading, writing and math.

A BESE committee with all members present and voting supported White's plan. The board will take a final vote Wednesday.

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