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Common Core

Common Core
Common Core

Common Core Assessments


To better prepare students for college and careers, Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, which align with more rigorous academic standards that will prepare our students for college and professional careers. These new academic standards are more rigorous and require a higher level of academic work than our previous state standards.

To provide a meaningful measure of the new expectations for students, Louisiana will ultimately adopt assessments that are aligned to the Common Core. In 2014-2015, LEAP and iLEAP tests in English language arts and math will be replaced by the Common Core Assessments developed by a national consortium called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Louisiana is also developing new assessments in science and social studies that will align with new standards.

Up to 18 states participating in the consortium will administer these common assessments, which means student achievement will be comparable across states for the first time.

The PARCC Common Core Assessments will be administered in 3rd through 8th grades. These assessments will measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards and will be designed to ensure students are “on track” or “ready” for college and careers. 

Common Core Standards




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Common Core State Standards

Academic standards define the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn in a subject in each grade. Louisiana defines academic standards for core subjects, including English language arts (reading and writing), math, science, social studies, foreign languages, physical education and health.

In 2010, Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. The new academic standards are based on research and were developed collaboratively by a coalition of teachers, school leaders and education experts from Louisiana and 45 states. The Common Core State Standards define what students need to learn in reading, writing and math in each grade to stay on track for college and careers.

The Common Core State Standards are more rigorous, more focused and more relevant to the long-term success of students in school and beyond.

  • More Rigorous: Common Core State Standards are internationally-benchmarked, ensuring Louisiana students are prepared to enter college and compete with their peers around the world for high-wage jobs in the increasingly competitive global economy.
  • More Focused: Common Core State Standards are fewer and more focused, providing students with more time to gain a greater depth of knowledge on core concepts that allow them to master increasingly complex material.
  • More Relevant: Common Core State Standards are more relevant to what students will need to know to succeed in the next grade and eventually in life after graduation.

Louisiana is aligning state assessments and end-of-course tests to the new academic standards, phasing in additional common core test items each year until completely measuring students’ achievement of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math in 2014-2015.