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  • Common Core testing begins Monday in La. public schools

    April 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 300,000 public school students are taking tests this week tied to the Common Core education standards without the boycotts or heated political rhetoric that marked the testing last year. Hollis Milton, president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and West Feliciana Parish schools superintendent,... more »
  • La. education board sets grading scale for Common Core tests

    October 13, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state school board has set the student grading scale for Common Core-aligned standardized tests. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted a scale that Education Superintendent John White says will allow for Louisiana students' performance to be compared with students in 10 other states... more »
  • WATCH: Amoeba testing in state lab Play Video

    August 25, 2015 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE – In a lab requiring security clearance similar to military compounds, scientists are working to test water from water systems across Louisiana. This summer, three systems have been found to contain a brain-eating amoeba. At a state lab, experts are checking and testing samples from other systems.... more »
  • Common Core critics allege conflicts, seek ethics changes

    May 11, 2015 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The bitter feud over the Common Core education standards has grown increasingly personal. Critics of the standards are raising conflict-of-interest allegations against state education leaders and seeking new ethics restrictions for them. Unable to force an end to Louisiana's use of Common Core, opponents of the multistate... more »
  • New public health lab gives employees first up to par office space Play Video

    April 7, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Office of Public Health is responsible for testing everything from blood samples to drinking water and, until today, they didn't have a viable work space. The department unveiled a new laboratory in Downtown Baton Rouge that has been in the works for more than... more »
  • White says Jindal budget guts student testing

    April 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year. Superintendent John White says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to strip $23 million from his agency's main office operations would damage the state's ability to measure student performance. White told the House... more »
  • Louisiana students begin PARCC testing Play Video

    March 16, 2015 6:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students across the state begin a week of PARCC testing, the examination associated with the controversial Common Core education standards, today. But not all are going to be spend their day bubbling in answers on a scantron sheet. Around 320,000 students in Louisiana joined more than... more »
  • Some concerned over lack of security tabs on PARCC tests

    March 15, 2015 8:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former president for Louisiana School Boards Association, Noel Hammatt, is speaking out against what he said he believes is loose security for the PARCC ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test. Hammatt said several school officials from various parishes have contacted... more »
  • Secret Service testing drones, how to disrupt their flight

    March 10, 2015 3:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky. A U.S. official briefed on the plans... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    September 17, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing. The league said Wednesday that under the new rules, three previously suspended players - the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando... more »
  • Schools using Common Core for now Play Video

    August 13, 2014 6:01 PM

    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... more »
  • Hearing dates set in both Common Core lawsuits

    July 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools. Judge Tim Kelley will hear arguments Aug. 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state lawmakers who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English... more »
  • Lawmakers reject bill to kill Common Core tests

    May 5, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A back-door effort to undermine Louisiana's use of testing tied to Common Core education standards has failed to win legislative support. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles proposed to require legislative approval before the education department could spend money on the standardized tests tied to Common... more »
  • Lawmaker wants more oversight on student testing Play Video

    April 28, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Debate over a bill intended to give the state legislature more control over standardized testing decisions was delayed until next week. State Representative Brett Geymann (R-Lake Charles) wants more oversight when it comes to testing in education. Geymann has questions regarding the Partnership for Assessment of... more »
  • Cheating allegations raise concerns for BESE Play Video

    January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A BESE representative is upset after what they said was lack of communication over allegations of cheating at East Baton Rouge Schools. Lottie Beebe says she was highly disturbed to find out the East Baton Rouge School System is being investigated for allegations of cheating on... more »
  • OMV testing privatized drivers' license renewals

    November 18, 2013 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles has started a pilot program that allows outside contractors to handle drivers' license renewals. The privatization program is being tested in Baton Rouge and Metairie. In each city, a public tag agent - a private business that processes vehicle title registrations - is... more »
  • NASCAR to mandate concussion testing

    October 25, 2013 8:47 AM

    CHARLOTTE - NASCAR will mandate baseline concussion testing for its drivers starting next season. NASCAR only recommended the testing this season, but indicated to drivers that a preseason baseline screening could become mandatory as early as 2014. The baseline will be used to measure against test results after a... more »
  • Pay attention, he's got a gun

    October 8, 2013 7:27 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Passengers on a light rail train were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't see a man flashing a gun several times, who's accused of shooting a college student. Justin Valdez was shot in the back of the head as he got off the train. Nikhom... more »
  • More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    September 8, 2013 12:28 PM

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP - More and more parents are telling their kids to stay home the day of standardized tests. They're opposed to standardized tests for many reasons and don't want kids taking them. Some say they're being used to measure teacher performance and fear testing narrows the curriculum. This year,... more »
  • School system downplays toxin results in schoolyards Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Harmful contaminants found on school playgrounds have parents worried about their children's safety. "I want to make sure my kids are safe at school," said Alham Saad. " And that this isn't going to affect their health." In February, News 2's Investigative Unit tested soil... more »
  • Usain Bolt says doping scandals have 'set us back'

    July 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    LONDON - Usain Bolt says the recent doping scandals in sprinting have set the sport back, while insisting he is not a cheat. Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among a number of athletes to fail recent tests ahead of the world championships next month. Bolt... more »
  • NFL, players union continue HGH talks

    July 24, 2013 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The NFL and players union are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season. Both sides already have closed in on conducting a population study that has been a key demand by the players... more »
  • State touts first year of required ACT testing

    July 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisiana public school students taking the ACT college admissions test has jumped by roughly 11,000, now that the state requires high school students to take the exam - and the number scoring high enough to attend college without remedial work jumped by 3,600 this... more »
  • Effort to stop Common Core standards advances

    May 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tea party-backed attempt to keep Louisiana from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing will be considered by the Senate. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution that calls on state education officials to stop implementation of the Common Core... more »
  • School exams undergo sweeping changes

    March 25, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A test that fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass for promotion is on the way out. It's part of a series of changes unfolding in how Louisiana measures what public students know. Students in grades 4 and 8 took the first part of LEAP, which is... more »

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