Common Core State Standards Update
In order to compete as adults in an ever-changing economy, students will need to learn to solve problems and to make adjustments. The Common Core State Standards are basic descriptions of reading, writing, and math skills that foster the ability to think critically and that allow Louisiana students to see how they perform compared to students across America. Click here to see how the skills you are teaching in one grade relate to your students' future grades.
In Louisiana, teachers have been preparing for the new standards for several years. This year's LEAP and iLEAP assessments are fully aligned to the new expectations and are not aligned to the old LEAP/GLE standards. As a result, Louisiana teachers are already teaching to this new level of rigor and are making choices to adjust curriculum in ways that fit their students' needs.
There has been a lot of public talk about the Common Core State Standards in recent days. The Department's resolve remains to ensure that Louisiana's kids have every opportunity to compete on a level playing field, and we will continue to bring the Common Core transition policy to BESE as scheduled. To view a presentation on elementary and middle school policy changes BESE will consider in December, click here.
The Department will continue to share resources to support teachers with planning and instruction. All of these resources can be found in the Classroom Support Toolbox.
Later this week, the Department will also post sample Leap/iLEAP tests for grades 3-8 in reading. These sample tests will illustrate how our tests will measure students against our state's standards.
For guidance on how the Louisiana standards will be tested this year, click here
For additional information on the content and structure of the Common Core State Standards, check out the 'standards
' section of the toolbox.