By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers who say they support toughening Louisiana's educational standards are criticizing state education leaders for the way the standards have been rolled out in school districts.
The comments came in a House briefing held Monday to discuss concerns that have been raised about the standards, called Common Core.
Superintendent of Education John White and the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Chas Roemer, defended the standards. They say the standards will improve student preparation for college and careers.
But lawmakers say the transition to the standards has happened with too little guidance and funding directed to the effort.
They questioned whether the state should slow down the shift to Common Core, worried the state is holding teachers and students accountable to the new standards without enough preparation.
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