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LDOE announces 45,000 students complete PARCC field testing

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education today announced that nearly 45,000 Louisiana students participated in field testing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career assessments, allowing Louisiana students and educators an early view of forthcoming state tests.

The total number represents one in every ten eligible students in the state from 600 schools in 68 districts and 20 charter operators. The two field test windows allowed for a “dry run” for schools and students one year in advance of the state’s move toward new expectations and tests that keep Louisiana competitive with states across the country.

The field testing is part of Louisiana’s gradual transition to higher standards and more challenging tests. In the 2013-2014 school year, students took one-time, transitional LEAP and iLEAP tests aligned with new academic expectations.

In 2015, Louisiana students will take the same English Language Arts and math assessments administered in a dozen other states, providing the first comprehensive assessment of the state’s educational competitiveness.

Students in grades 3-4 will take the PARCC assessments on paper and students in grades 5-8 will take the computer-based version.

Between 2015 and 2025, the state will gradually raise the bar for expected student achievement, requiring that a school rated ‘A’ have an average student performance of mastery by 2025. Since 1999 the state has used ‘basic’ as its achievement bar.