BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) – Today the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) replaced the state’s Common Core standards by approving the Louisiana State Student Standards in English, language arts, and mathematics.
This action by BESE replaces the Common Core State Standards with unique state standards developed through a collaborative statewide process which included extensive public input and the work of Louisiana educator-led committees.
BESE President Jim Garvey commented on the move in a news release saying:
“The new standards maintain high learning expectations in Louisiana and will keep our state’s progress moving forward as we prepare our students for college and careers.”
Four committees spent about 9,000 hours developing the new standards, which according to BESE will:
- Provide developmentally appropriate content for all grades of courses while maintaining high expectations;
- Allow teachers the freedom to determine the most appropriate method of instruction and choice of texts;
- Provide teachers with more clarity about what is expected of students by making the standards less vague and less open to multiple interpretations;
- Promote financial literacy and the study of money in earlier grades;
- Order high school skills taught in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II