Louisiana believes what gets measured gets mastered and has been using standardized assessments to measure student achievement for more than 25 years. Assessments are how we ensure all of our students are learning the necessary skills and obtaining the knowledge needed to succeed after graduation.
Louisiana began measuring student achievement with the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP), then progressed to the LEAP for the 21st Century (LEAP 21), the Integrated LEAP (iLEAP), and most recently the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.
In 2015, after much input, Louisiana lawmakers and BESE made the decision to move away from the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessment and towards a thoughtful review process. The education standards are being reviewed and replaced by the Louisiana Student Standards to better capture the specific needs and abilities of students in Louisiana, rather than the general needs and abilities of students across the country.
While Louisiana is now moving away from the full PARCC exam, and towards creating it own test, we do still need a reliable assessment that captures critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, not rote memorization, and one that is aligned to our state standards. Reliable assessments provide important information to parents and teachers on a student’s performance, help pinpoint struggling students to provide the additional support to succeed and ensure the state’s approach to education is continuing to push our students to Geaux Higher.