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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 29, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Dr. Joseph SavoieUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie has been appointed co-chair of a committee that will serve an integral role in developing K-12 assessments that provide a true picture of college and career readiness.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers appointed Savoie and Dr. Richard M. Freeland, commissioner of higher education for Massachusetts, to head the Advisory Committee on College Readiness.

The ACCR, a group of higher education experts from more than 20 states and education associations, will help PARCC develop assessments that will be accepted as an indicator that a student is ready for college-level work in mathematics and English at both two- and four-year institutions of higher education.

“ In the U.S., about one in four high school students leave each year without earning a diploma. And many of those who do graduate do not have the academic preparation and skills to succeed in college and careers,” said Savoie. “In an increasingly competitive economy that demands more education than ever before, we simply have to address this national challenge. That is why the work of PARCC is so important.”

The ACCR will address and provide input on four key college and career readiness policy issues:

• The design of the high school assessments that will be used to make college- and career-ready determinations.

• The priority content and standards to be assessed.

• The name and definition of the performance level that will indicate college and career readiness and the process that will be used to determine scores that indicate that level.
• Determining the college- and career-ready cut score.

The ACCR will meet at last bi-annually over the next three years, as the PARCC assessments are developed and implemented.


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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

PARCC is an alliance of states working together to develop common assessments serving nearly 25 million students. PARCC’s work is funded through a four-year, $185 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Partners include about 200 higher education institutions and systems representing hundreds of campuses across the country that will help develop the high school component of the new assessment.

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