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In March, when public schools across Louisiana will administer the state’s Common Core-aligned standardized tests, students will be able to take the tests in either English or Spanish.

The computer-based tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), have two portions: Math and, of course, English language arts and literacy.

Louisiana’s superintendent of education, John White, said newly-arrived, Spanish-speaking immigrants who speak little or no English will be able to take the PARCC assessment in Spanish during the first two years they are enrolled in a Louisiana public school.

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