Louisiana and other states will spend roughly what they spend now for statewide tests once the Common Core exams are launched, according to a national report.
Critics of the overhaul, which includes new math and English standards, contend that costs of the tests are one of several reasons to drop out of the effort.
But a review by the Brookings Institution, which was released earlier this week, says that states in a consortium with Louisiana will pay about $30 per student once the new exams are started in the spring of 2015.
Even if several states leave the testing consortium, which Florida may do, it would have little impact on the remaining states, according to the review.
State Department of Education officials plan to spend $29.50 per student and that is “comparable to what we pay now,” said Barry Landry, a spokesman for the agency.
What the state spends annually was not immediately available.
States now spend an average of $27 per student for math and English assessments, the report says.
The Brookings Institution is a private, nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., that does research on education and other issues.
The Common Core standards have been adopted by 45 states, including Louisiana in 2010.
They represent a series of math and English goals for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The standards are being phased in statewide and take full effect during the 2014-15 school year, including new tests that will replace LEAP and iLEAP.
In Louisiana, students in grades 3 to 8 will be tested through the consortium. How students in grades 9 to 11 will be tested is unclear.
Backers say the changes will improve classroom rigor and better prepare students for college and careers.
Opponents contend the new rules will pave the way for a federal curriculum.
Louisiana is one of 18 states and the District of Columbia that belong to a testing consortium called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
PARCC and another group got grants totaling $330 million from the federal government in 2010 to develop the tests.
Costs for the other group average $22.50 per student.
State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-New Orleans, who wants the state to end its involvement with Common Core, said in September that “Louisiana cannot afford the longterm PARCC testing.”
Other critis have made similar claims.
“Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core,” according to the study.
The report initially estimated that tests in Louisiana and others in the PARCC consortium would cost $29.50 per student.
However, the withdrawal of three states since then, and signs that Florida may leave too, boost that figure to $30.72, according to the study.