In the news story John White is quoted as saying that “What's in place are Louisiana standards, and the state ranks at or near the bottom when compared to the rest of the country.” In this statement White ignores the fact that those same Louisiana standards were rated second from the top of the 50 states in 2012 by a survey called “Quality Counts” which was published in Education Week magazine. At that time our LDOE hailed the Quality Counts rating as an indication that Louisiana education was on the right track. How is it that all of a sudden our standards are no good?
You see White is purposely feeding the myth that Louisiana has low standards for our students and that if we would just adopt the “rigorous” Common Core standards, our students would magically start performing much better. As I pointed out in a previous post, the high standards in Louisiana have made very little difference in how Louisiana students perform. The hard work of our teachers has produced steady progress in our students' performance on LEAP and iLEAP, but our students are still held back by the fact that Louisiana is second only to Mississippi in rate of student poverty. Not coincidentally, Louisiana also rates just above Mississippi in student performance on the NAEP test. By the way, it is also not correct to state that we need PARCC because we need a way of comparing our students to other states. The NAEP test has been doing exactly that for years. It seems that all the reasons for adopting CCSS and PARCC are bogus, and that Stand for Children exists only to sell us on the reformer agenda.
Don't you get tired of the lie by White and his supporters like Stand For Children telling us that the new standards will "empower" teachers to teach the way they really want to teach. That's a slap in the face of the teachers of Louisiana who have been systematically strtipped of their power and dignity as teachers by all the Jindal deforms. This CCSS further handcuffs teachers and their students to the new PARCC tests.