State education board tweaks Common Core rules

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 8-1 to adjust some rules for use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) last Wednesday, a day after hearing five hours of emotional testimony from supporters and critics of the program. Modest tweaks were made by BESE to the regulations governing the state’s shift to tougher testing and educational standards in response to critics who wanted the standards scrapped altogether. A group of LaSalle Parish parents appeared before the LaSalle Parish School Board at its October meeting to express their displeasure with the new curriculum saying students were having to learn two years of work in one year. “We have attempted to do something . . . to say, ‘We heard you,’” BESE board member Connie Bradford said. She had recommended the changes.
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