Senate votes to delay implications of Common Core
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year.
That's one year longer than the policy adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Senate voted 29-8 Wednesday for the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger, a Democrat. The vote moved the bill one step from final passage. It must return to the House for consideration of Senate changes.
Supporters say the state should provide another year to make sure teachers and students adjust to the tougher standards before their achievement is graded and used to affect teacher evaluations and school takeovers.
Opponents say the bill would tie Louisiana to Common Core and its associated testing.