Jindal calls for end of Common Core, LDOE pushes back
POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1:25pm
Bobby Jindal is calling for the termination of Common Core, saying he wants Louisiana standards, not national standards.
JIndal is quoted as saying: "If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every right to make that choice. But education is a primary responsibility of states, and we will not cede this responsibility to the federal government."
At a press conference on Wednesday, the Louisiana governor said has sent PARCC a letter asking them to remove the exam from Louisiana.
He is asking the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for a new exam.
He instructed them to take a look at all monies spent on the PARCC test.
Jindal says: "We need a public process to develop a new test and sure down."
Jindal noted that the implementation of Common Core was rushed and "done without public input."
An official statement from the Governor's Office outlined the following steps that Jindal has taken to stop the implementation of Common Core in the state:
1. Issued an executive order that instructs the Louisiana Department of
Education to conduct a competitive process to purchase a new assessment
and which prohibits the expenditure of funds on cooperative group
purchasing organizations and interstate agreements;
2. Suspended the rules adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and
Secondary Education from May 2014 to ensure that the Louisiana
Department of Education is able to comply with Louisiana competitive bid
3. Instructed the Division of Administration to conduct a comprehensive
accounting of all Louisiana expenditures and resources on PARCC, what
services or products have been received in return for such expenditures,
and copies of all contracts in place or in negotiation for the purchase
of an assessment;
4. Issued a Request for Information to PARCC requesting information
about the procurement processes utilized by the consortium, by the
Fiscal Agent state, and by the Lead Procurement State to ensure that
these processes complied with Louisiana law;
5. Notified the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the
National Governor's Association (NGA) of Louisiana's termination of
participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
The Louisiana Department of Education Pushes Back
Despite Governor Jindal's order, the Louisiana Department of Education and the BESE announced that he state will continue to implement Common Core and the PARCC test.
According to an LDOE statement, The Governor, the State Superintendent, and the BESE president signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to State designed PARCC tests. That MOU reportedly requires all three of the above parties to sign a letter to terminate the MOU.
The LDOE's "Fact Sheet" ends by saying: "State law requires that '[t]he state Department of Education shall, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, as part of the Louisiana Competency-Based Education Program, develop and establish statewide content standards for required subjects to be taught in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state.' The Governor does not determine learning standards, nor does he create tests."
See the full LDOE fact sheet by clicking the link below.
|06.18.14 Fact Sheet on Governor¹s Proclamation Regarding.pdf||150.87 KB|