Bill would delay implications of Common Core tests

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The consequences of Louisiana’s shift to Common Core education standards would be stalled for three years, if lawmakers agree to a bill moving in the Legislature.

The proposal by New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger, a Democrat, would mean that public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion wouldn’t be affected by the standardized testing associated with Common Core until the 2016-17 school year.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education had delayed the implications until the 2015-16 year.

Leger says the state should provide another year to make sure teachers and students adjust to the tougher standards. Critics of Common Core opposed the bill, saying it doesn’t address larger problems with the standards.

The House Education Committee voted 10-6 to move the bill to the full House for debate.

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