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Easton getting ready for new exams

Teachers at Warren Easton Charter High School are adjusting to Common Core State Standards, school officials said at a monthly board meeting Wednesday night.

According to Assistant Principal Joseph Gilyot, the school will start implementing Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests for first through eighth grade in the 2014-15 school year. The PARCC test will be held off for high school students for another year, he added.

“All we’ve heard from the city is, stand by,” Gilyot said. “And with everyone in the state losing their minds over Common Core…who knows?”

These assessments, which are being developed by Louisiana and a coalition of states, will be fully aligned to Common Core standards, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

The tests allow students from all participating states to use identical assessments, allowing Louisiana to benchmark its progress against other states.

“PARCC makes you think more and expound on things,” Gilyot said.

As part of the Common Core, the school will focus this year on math for the first three quarters, Gilyot added in a principal’s report.

In the second and third quarters, the school will participate in a “Mathletes program” with the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team.

“The kids will go on the court,” Gilyot said, adding that they have to improve their grade or maintain their grade on a certain level and the Pelicans give certain prizes out.

Gilyot also added that teachers are using a new lesson plan system to link Common Core standards to their everyday instruction. With the program, teachers will be able to see how many times they’re using specific standards.

“We’ll be able to analyze it and say, why did this teacher use this standard so many times, and why did this teacher use this one so few times?” he said.

In other news, an audit issued for the school came back clean.

Board members Robert Delle, Brenda Christiansen, David Benelli, Billy Hatchett, John Broussard and Charlie Petrey were present. Ex officio members Sal Genovese and David Napolean were also present, as was facilities consultant Ken Ducote and Chief Financial Officer Mike Greer.

The meeting lasted for approximately an hour.

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