Monday, January 27, 2014
Survey on Common Core
BESE has approved full implementation of the CCSS starting this school year and the PARCC testing for K-8 starting in the 2014-15 school year. The VAM based evaluation of teachers has been suspended for two years to allow time for setting base line results and to give teachers and students time to adjust to the new standards before VAM resumes.
This survey is important because several legislators plan to introduce bills in the coming legislative session that would either phase in CCSS more gradually than is now contemplated or to do away with it altogether and substitute standards developed for and by Louisiana. For the past 10+ years the K-12 standards used in Louisiana have been called Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and were carefully spelled out for each of the core subjects and for each grade. I am assuming that if CCSS is rejected by the Legislature, our DOE would return to GLEs with any modifications approved by BESE.
Note: The survey leaves open what should be done with VAM since that is a separate issue. We may have a survey on VAM at a later date.
Posted by Michael Deshotels