Education Superintendent John White said Wednesday that Louisiana's public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new, national Common Core test for English and mathematics. "It's time to move ahead," White said.
His statement came a day after a Baton Rouge judge lifted Gov. Bobby Jindal administration's freeze of a key testing contract. The ruling was strongly worded, stating that the administration's freeze actions had caused "irreparable harm" to Louisiana children.
Louisiana's new English and math test questions were developed by the national Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The science and social studies exams remain unchanged from previous years.