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Teachers feeling pressure with no standardized test chosen

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Lawmakers and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) made the decision to keep Common Core, but there’s still no word on the test that will accompany the controversial standards.

School will start back up soon, and a Calcasieu Parish teacher says it’s difficult with no decision on a test.

“It leaves us just in air, in limbo, like not knowing exactly what to prepare for,” said Annette Cole, teacher at Western Heights Elementary.

With both Jindal and education leaders standing their ground, it’s unclear if students will take the PARCC assessment or an entirely different test.

“We have no clue what we're to do, but then they want to hold our students accountable,” said Cole.

When it comes to PARCC, Cole said an online test for her fifth graders and more testing days added to the calendar for the exam are not the best options.

“Let's look at what was working before, and if we need to tweak some things with something new, then let's come together with educators,” said Cole.

While she prefers another test, she said more than anything she favors a transition time.

“We're being thrown into something that we're not sure is even going to work, but we're told to do it,” said Cole.

Cole hopes a decision is made by the state sooner rather than later.

“Students are working hard, the teachers are working hard. The problem is we have no clue from day to day if that's what we're supposed to be doing or not,” said Cole.

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