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In First Common Core Year, Louisiana Public School Grades Improve Slightly

Louisiana public school performance edged up a hair in the first year of Common Core testing, according to 2013-14 data released Tuesday. The statewide score was 89.2, a B on the 150-point scale and 0.7 points higher than the previous year. 

New, multi-state tests aligned with Common Core are to come next spring, despite a major effort by Gov. Bobby Jindal to block them. Louisiana, 11 other states and the District of Columbia plan to use tests developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. For this year, students took Louisiana LEAP, iLEAP and end-of-course exams, redesigned for Common Core standards.