National Common Core test not for La. high schools until 2016—if at all

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Louisiana lawmakers began the 2014 legislative session Monday with bills to drop the new, embattled national tests that measure the Common Core mathematics and English standards. But the fight might be moot for public high schools.

The state Education Department decided in November to postpone, by one year, the high school tests being developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. On Monday, Education Superintendent John White said it's already too late to use the tests the following year, 2015-16 -- and the state might never use them.

That's even though Louisiana is a founding member of the partnership. "We're going to wait and see how the marketplace resolves itself," White said.

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