Gov. Bobby Jindal signed three bills Monday that make up a legislative compromise to help quiet arguments over Common Core.
The key measure, House Bill 373, will require the state to hold public hearings in all six of Louisiana’s congressional districts during the review of the revised standards in reading, writing and math.
A second bill will change tests on the academic benchmarks for the upcoming school year.
The third plan ensures the House and Senate Education committees and future governors review changes proposed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“We are pleased with this compromise, but the next big step is to elect leaders in Louisiana who are committed to getting rid of Common Core,” Jindal said in a prepared statement.
The impact of the three bills is unclear.
Critics of the standards contend the changes will pave the way for removal of Common Core from public school classrooms.
Backers of the overhaul predict the new rules will help produce tweaks in how classes are taught, not wholesale changes.
Common Core will be taught in public school classrooms for the second consecutive year starting in August.
Jindal, who opposes Common Core, earlier backed legislation to scrap the changes and the tests that go with them.
However, opponents took a different approach amid opposition to more sweeping efforts in the House Education Committee, the first stop for the legislation.
BESE has twice approved Common Core, and previous plans called for the panel to recommend any changes after four panels that total 101 members review the standards.
House Bill 373 adds the requirement for public hearings in the six congressional districts and requires BESE to finish work on the revisions by March 4 .
It also allows future governors to review any revisions.
Another measure, Senate Bill 43, adds legislative committees to the review process but requires them to only accept or review the changes as a package, not single out individual items.
If that happens, BESE will be required to resume its own review of Common Core.
The third plan, House Bill 542, requires less than half of questions on the 2015-16 exams come from a consortium called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
The restriction also applies to any other federally funded consortiums.
Common Core is touted as a way to improve student achievement and make students more competitive internationally.
Opponents say the standards are top-heavy with federal interference and infringe on local education decisions.