Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) leaders have responded to Governor Jindal’s issuance of an executive order to take Louisiana out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness (Common Core) for College and Careers assessment, also known as the PARCC test.
LAE President Debbie Meaux said members of her organization have concerns with the ensuing political implications surrounding the move.
“Gov. Jindal and members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are at odds when it comes to this very important issue; this places Louisiana educators, students, parents, and communities in the middle of a political agenda,” said Meaux.
“It worries us that Gov. Jindal waited so long to make a decision that puts school districts and teachers in a bind when it comes to making sure everything is ready for the first day of school. The focus should be on what’s best for Louisiana’s school children.”
Meaux said the members of the LAE hope the state takes this opportunity to properly examine all public school standards and aligned tests but worries about the rush to find/develop a state test to replace the PARCC assessment prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 School Year.
It is important that the LaDOE ensures that our teachers are ready to implement the proper, test-aligned curricula when school starts so that Louisiana’s children don’t fall behind on educational progress,” Meaux said.
She went on to express additional concerns surrounding how this move will affect student testing, school accountability measures, and most importantly, teacher evaluations (if the consequences of the value-added model are reinstated in the 2015-16 School Year).
In his remarks, Jindal sided with LAE’s position in acknowledging that rigorous standards stand to serve as a road map to greater educational achievement.
He also agreed with LAE’s long-held stance that Louisiana must engage professional school staff as active partners in the development of standard-aligned curricula and tests.