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.