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Field-Testing of New Common Core Exam Complete in Louisiana

New Orleans Times-Picayune (06/01/14) Dreilinger, Danielle

The Louisiana Department of Education has announced the new set of state proficiency exams drafted by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium were taken by around 45,000 students from 600 schools in all but one school district. The tests are meant to replace two Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) and Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) tests in 2015. These new exams were field tests of the mathematics and English exams for the Common Core State Standards that were adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. State Superintendent of Education John White said, "Louisiana educators have been providing input on this test for years, and this field test continues that process." White also stated the test takers who were part of the field test represent around 10 percent of all Louisiana students in grades 3-8. Students in the state will continue taking the LEAP and iLEAP exams for science and social studies, but the state has said the scores will not be used for three years until the transition to the Common Core is complete.
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