White suggests slowing down impact of Common Core

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's education superintendent is proposing a 10-year phase-in to the impact of toughened educational standards on school grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion in public schools.

John White outlined recommendations Thursday for how he'd like to roll out the statewide shift to the Common Core standards. White's proposal will be considered by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education next month.

The recommendations are designed to lessen increasing criticism of the state's use of the Common Core by lawmakers, parents and teacher unions. The standards, adopted by BESE in 2010, are a tougher set of grade-level benchmarks adopted by most states for what students should learn in English, reading and math.

White suggests that raising Louisiana's accountability policies to match the Common Core should be slower, phased in through 2025.

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