Schools using Common Core for now
BATON ROUGE - Schools throughout the state are instructed to teach Common Core standards without any set test in place after the state school board voted to eliminate the LEAP testing.
Deborah Meaux taught for more than 30 years and has always been a supporter of Common Core, and as President of the Louisiana Association of Educators she hopes the debate over the program will end.
"State testing has gone a little too far," said Meaux. "I believe every year is overkill and education should not be hedged on a test it should be hedged on what's good for children and standards."
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to eliminate the leap and Ileap test which has been used in the state for years. Teachers were instructed to move forward with Common Core, but currently there is no set test for teachers.
BESE President Chas Roemer said it would have been against the law to vote in favor of keeping the LEAP test. Roemer said Louisiana law states that we must follow national standards.
"I know people are concerned about what the assessment will be like, but that's what we have to figure out. In terms of the teaching going on the in classrooms, I think superintendents, districts and the school boards have a very clear directive and are in the process of transtitoning to Common Core," Roemer said.
Meaux said her main concern is that testing and teaching match up in the classroom.
"What teachers are actually presenting to kids needs to be aligned with what they'll be assesssing on," she said. "I'm fine with the fact that they'll be a test, but if they come back in January and say this is the test and it's not aligned with what our teachers have been teaching all along. I'll have a problem with that."
Superintendent of Education John White said they hope to have a plan for tests at the end of the month. By law, students must take assessment tests at the end of the year