In July 2010, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted the Common Core State Standards. In doing so, Louisiana joined the District of Columbia and 44 other states to formally sign on to the state-led initiative, which is being coordinated by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSCO).

With the aim of providing educators and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn and know, the Common Core State Standards are based on previous input from higher education leaders and employers as well as the most effective models in the country and across the world. Designed in collaboration with teachers and school administrators, the standards define the knowledge and skills students should acquire throughout their K-12 education careers in order to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in their post-secondary education and workforce pursuits. In Louisiana, the new standards will be fully implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

While English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics are the primary focus of the new Common Core State Standards, Louisiana recently updated the state’s social studies standards as well.
The grade-level standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

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