BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association says state education leaders have improperly left local districts to grapple with applying a more rigorous set of testing standards that the state adopted.

Louisiana's education board voted three years ago to use the Common Core standards, a tougher set of benchmarks for what students should learn.

Scott Richard, representing the school boards, said Monday that Superintendent of Education John White made the shift to those new standards more difficult last year, when he scrapped a state-led transition plan.

Richard says the decision left local districts to develop their own curricula that match the Common Core standards and to upgrade technology to cope with new computerized tests.

White has called it empowering for teachers and districts to design their own curricula.

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