White: Continue some sort of student testing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – While the high-stakes test called LEAP ends next year, state Superintendent of Education John White says some sort of measuring stick will likely remain for future students in key grades.

White said Thursday what any such replacement will look like and other details will start being discussed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in December.

The superintendent made his comments during an hour-long meeting with the editorial board of The Advocate.

Under current rules, fourth- and eighth-graders have to pass the math and English portions of LEAP and meet other academic standards to move to the fifth and ninth grades.

Critics contend it is unfair to link promotion to a single test, and some lawmakers have made unsuccessful bids to repeal the requirement.

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