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State test scores stay largely flat

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BATON ROUGE - State education officials released data showing 69 percent of public school students scored at the basic or better level on standardized tests this year, the same percentage as in 2013.

However, education officials noted that tests are about to become more challenging and school standards more rigorous as Louisiana transitions to Common Core standards. The state said since 1999, Louisiana schools have been rated "A" based on how many students score "basic" or better on their tests. That will soon change to "mastery" instead.

Tuesday's data did show an increase in the number of students scoring at the "mastery" level in both English and Math. For English, 27 percent had "mastery" level scores, an increase of one percent from 2013. For Math, 25 percent of students had "mastery" level tests, a two point increase from 23 percent in 2013.

Education Superintendent John White said the tougher standards are necessary to better prepare students for college.

Governor Jindal and Superintendent White are at odds over adoption of Common Core.  Jindal initially backed the standards four years ago, but has since flip-flopped on the issue.  Steve Monaghan, with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said the political turmoil surrounding the state's transition to Common Core standards is adding confusion to the lives of educators.

"The superintendent spoke as if it's a forgone conclusion that's what we're doing next year," White said.  "I think the governor has made it anything but certain, saying everything from pulling out of Common Core to pulling out of PARCC."

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools stayed largely flat in their performance. The system saw 20 percent of students score "mastery" or better, a one percent increase from 2013, and 62 percent of students score "basic" or better, the same as 2013.

To see how public schools across the state performed, click here.


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