Educators reviewing the Common Core academic standards will recommend that one in five be changed, leaders of the effort said Monday.
The reviews, which stem from a law enacted last year, is being done by three subcommittees.
A fourth group, called the Standards Review Committee, will likely take a vote on the recommendations on Tuesday in New Orleans.
If so, the changes would be sent to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for its March meeting, and then to the House and Senate education committees.
“We gave it truly the best effort that we had,” Regina Sanford, a St. Tammany educator and chairwoman of the committee, told reporters.
Any suggestions are sure to spark controversy, especially since the topic has triggered arguments for the past 29 months but less so recently.
Common Core opponents favor a sweeping overhaul in the guidelines.
Backers say the standards are solid and tweaks will suffice.
The state has 1,287 math and English standards.
The committees are recommending changes in 21 percent, or 270 of the benchmarks.
Asked if that would be enough to satisfy critics Sanford said, “Given the fact that we reviewed each and every standard not once, not twice, but many times over it was a very rich, deep conversation.”
The committees total about 100 members, mostly educators.
They spent an average of 40 hours attending review meetings, officials said.
Common Core represents new academic benchmarks in reading, writing and math.
This year’s version is called LEAP 2016.
Students will be tested April 25-29.
The largest percentage of changes — 28 percent — took place on math standards for students in grades three through 12.
Charlotte Boothe, chairwoman of the subcommittee that oversaw those benchmarks, said clarifying the guidelines so they are “not open to multiple interpretations” accounted for some of the work.
Others were reworked to give teachers more latitude.
Officials said 20 percent of the English standards in grades three through 12 were revamped.
Laurie Carlton, who chaired the subcommittee which did that work, said educators worked to modify standards that appeared to include directives and to ensure smooth movement between grades.
“And also we wanted to make sure that there were no gaps and redundancies,” said Carlton, who oversees professional development for secondary education in Plaquemines Parish.
Aside from the Louisiana standards officials said they reviewed those in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Massachusetts.
Boothe is the middle school math curriculum specialist in Rapides Parish.
Sanford is assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the St. Tammany Parish School District.
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