Note to readers: The following is an email I sent to members of the committees of educators and citizens charged with making revisions to the Louisiana Curriculum Standards. I believe that the process for revision of the standards currently being implemented by the LDOE is designed to simply make minor changes and basically rebrand the present common core standards as genuine Louisiana standards. In passing Acts 329 and Act 342 of the last legislative session, I believe the Louisiana Legislature expected more than just minor revisions.
Finally, I am recommending that in addition to the individual item analysis of the LEAP and iLEAP tests given in the Spring of 2015, that the review committees and BESE be provided with the raw cut scores (that is the minimum of correct answers or partial credits needed for each performance level) for each of the tests given this year along with a comparison to the raw cut scores for previous administrations of the comparable tests. This information would also provide the review committees with some measure of the effectiveness and appropriateness of each test and the corresponding set of standards for each grade level. For example, if the report of raw cut scores shows that a particular grade and subject test was assigned an extremely low or an extremely high cut score, the grade level appropriateness of this material may be adjusted in the revised standards.