Leader says schools given little Common Core help

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 3:06 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association says state education leaders have improperly left local districts to grapple with applying a more rigorous set of testing standards that the state adopted.

Louisiana's education board voted three years ago to use the Common Core standards, a tougher set of benchmarks for what students should learn.

Scott Richard, representing the school boards, said Monday that Superintendent of Education John White made the shift to those new standards more difficult by leaving districts to develop their own curricula that match the Common Core standards.

White has called it empowering for teachers to design their own curricula. But he says the education department has been offering assistance, providing sample lessons by grade and subject area and videos of how to teach them.

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