A Louisiana judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction that lifts the suspension of the tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards imposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal nearly two months ago.
State District Court Judge Todd Hernandez granted the injunction sought by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, state Superintendent John White, and a group of parents and teachers who have filed a lawsuit challenging the Louisiana governor's decision. They argue that the state's testing contract, which White and the state board had planned to use next year to administer the test developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, or PARCC, has been illegally blocked by Jindal.
"Today's ruling allows teachers and students to continue raising expectations in Louisiana. It enables our state to set its aspirations high and to compete with states across the country," White said in a statement responding to Hernandez's ruling. "Our students are just as smart and capable as any in America. We've been working for four years to teach them to the highest standards anywhere."
Jindal has argued that the state board and White do not have the authority to use the PARCC exam under the terms of their current testing contract. More broadly, he has argued that because the PARCC tests are federally funded, and because common-core supporters claim that uncertainty over the state's tests has created uncertainty in Louisiana classrooms, the tests amount to an illegal attempt by the federal government to control curriculum.