Without debate, a Louisiana House committee Monday approved a bill that would change Common Core tests that students take during the 2015-16 school year.
The legislation, House Bill 542, is part of a three-bill package announced last week aimed at reducing the controversy over Common Core.
What the accord’s impact will be is unclear.
The legislation says that no more than 49.9 percent of questions on next year’s tests could come from a multistate consortium called the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
That group of a dozen or so states provided the foundation for the 2014-15 Common Core exams.
Critics of the standards have repeatedly blasted what they say are national academic benchmarks heavily influenced by federal officials.
State Superintendent of Education John White told the committee that whatever test vendor is chosen for next year’s Common Core exams will allow for state-to-state comparisons. How many states will be included is unclear.
Common Core represents new classroom guidelines in reading, writing and math.
The key measure in the package — House Bill 373 — overhauls how the state plans to review and modify the standards now in use.
That proposal, like the one approved on Monday, next faces action in the full House.