Superintendent White who apparently has higher ambitions and is ready to move to a bigger state or to the federal Dept. of Education, has openly challenged Jindal. Chas Roemer who wants to parley his father's good name to propel himself into higher office is also making a big fuss.
All of this is causing a big problem for teachers and administrators who have been bullied into implementing CCSS along with every other whim of our state and federal education bosses. There is no doubt that our education system is no longer a local operation run by school boards, parents and teachers but a puppet of the state and federal dictators who have determined that everything related to education must be decided by standardized testing and school privatization. I want my readers to have a look at the real results this test mania has produced. This next section gives an independent assessment of the true academic gains by our students as a result of the education "deforms" of Jindal, Pastorek, and White.
Louisiana Academic Gains Since Hurricane KatrinaComparison with the National Average: A major question remains about the Louisiana Recovery District and also the entire Louisiana public school system: Has there really been dramatic or even significant progress in student achievement in the RSD and Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina? State testing seems to indicate that an increased percentage of students are now reading and doing math on grade level or above. But are these gains real, or just an improvement in test taking skills and/or a result of teaching to the test? One way to explore this question is to compare Louisiana student performance to the national average student performance. (Yes, there already exists a test that compares Louisiana to all other states, contrary to what the CCSS and PARCC promoters would have you believe!) We will also compare the progress of Louisiana students from 2005 to the present compared with the progress of students in all other states. The following comparisons are based on the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress testing program known as NAEP:
Even though the NAEP testing shows a small increase in the percentage of Louisiana students performing at the basic or above level from 2005 to 2013, compared to all the other states, Louisiana students have lost ground in that time period. Louisiana dropped one or more places in each of the 4 areas of comparison with the other states between 2005 and 2013. These comparisons challenge the LDOE claim that Louisiana students and RSD students have made significant progress since 2005.
|Comparison of NAEP results for Louisiana Public Schools with 50 states and the District of Columbia|
|Grade & Sub.||Av. LA Scale Score 2005||% basic||Nat. Av. 2005||LA ranking compared to 50 states and D.C. *|
|4th grade math||230||74%||237||47|
|4th grade reading||209||53%||217||43|
|8th grade math||268||59%||278||46|
|8th grade reading||253||64%||260||44|
|Av. LA Scale Score 2013||% basic||Nat. av. 2013||LA ranking compared to 50 states and D.C. *|
|4th grade math||231||75%||241||49|
|4th grade reading||210||56%||221||46|
|8th grade math||273||64%||284||47|
|8th grade reading||257||68%||266||47|
|* Note: In several||cases the||ranking of||LA tied||with|
|one or more states.|