"What gets measured gets mastered"—this is the Louisiana Department of Education's credo regarding statewide assessment. The Department also has an equally catchy tagline for the educational system it governs: "Louisiana Believes."
To gain some insight into what they believe, we can take a look at how the state measures the academic progress of its K-12 public school students. Like numerous other states, Louisiana has opted to utilize a suite of tests developed in partnership with PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Here are five things you may not already know about what makes Louisiana's PARCC assessments unique. Enjoy!