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BESE expects more Common Core revisions

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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted Wednesday revised policies for Common Core Standards. It's the first set created to address the many concerns people expressed. BESE Board Member Holly Boffy represents the district of Lafayette Parish. 

Boffy says the concerns have been consistent; even more so during Tuesday's BESE committee meeting. 

"We are going to continue to work on this and work with the people in the field to make sure we're helping everyone meet higher standards," says Boffy.

According to BESE, Common Core Standards are a set of educational benchmarks for Math and English Language Arts designed to put Louisiana students on a level playing field with students across the country. One of the newly adopted policies aims to keep state or federal government at bay when it comes to curriculum or course content.

"One of the concerns heard is that curriculum would be mandated from the federal government. We actually gone a step further on that to allow districts to make their own decisions about curriculum," adds Boffy.

The second policy revision includes allowing parents to opt out of reading material they're not comfortable with; while giving local school districts autonomy to define their curriculum and course materials. Boffy says BESE wants to make sure parents are partners in the work to implement higher standards.

"There have been concerns out in the field about inappropriate content. We value that our children are only going to be exposed to things their parents will be comfortable with," says Boffy.

Plus, Boffy tells KLFY News that parents can expect individual tests scores to not include the social security numbers of students. 

"We'll have other identifiers so that we're protecting our students privacy. Times have changed and data privacy is really important." Boffy says a new set of Common Core policies are expected in December.

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