Common Core in Louisiana: Common Core State Standards
On June 18, 2014, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced executive orders withdrawing the state from the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It remains to be seen whether or not the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will regonize the legitimacy of these orders. BESE recently stated that despite the governor’s stance, Common Core is still on track for 2014–15 school year implementation.
Common Core Implementation Status
1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
State designs frameworks
State provides frameworks
State designs guides
State provides guides
Local districts only
All curricular choices made by local school districts are reviewed by the state board of education.
Developing own CC-aligned assessments
The LEAP (Louisiana’s current standardized assessment) was altered in 2012 and 2013 to better align with Common Core. Louisiana will begin using PARCC assessments in the 2014–15 school year.
New expenditures required to implement the Common Core
Current annual education expenditures
Race to the Top Phase 2 award
(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)
Education Database Status
P-20 development required by state law
State is capable of having a P-20 database
State has access to homeschool students’ data
Louisiana was originally part of the inBloom Database but withdrew soon after privacy concerns surfaced.
Potential Impacts on Homeschooling
State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores
Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool