Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bobby Jindal vs Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE)

"Today, Governor Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) asking the organization to immediately withdraw from the State of Louisiana. Governor Jindal issued an executive order that instructs the Louisiana Department of Education to begin a competitive process to purchase a new assessment and called on the Department of Education and the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education to develop Louisiana standards for the Legislature to approve next legislative session".  --Press release from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal 06.18.14

Response from the Louisiana BESE:

"The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education today reaffirmed that the state will implement the Common Core State Standards, as well as grade 3-8 test forms and questions developed by states within the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) for the 2014-2015 school year. The Department will deliver and score the grade 3-8 tests using the state’s currently active contract for grade 3-8 testing, awarded through the state procurement process" --Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 06.18.14 (basically saying that Jindal does not have the authority to stop Common Core.