Student scores that translate to "basic" proficiency on Louisiana state tests -- and allow students to be promoted to the next grade or graduate from high school -- may not mean students are on track for college readiness, according to this analysis. Some say educators should do a better job of explaining what the scores mean to students and their parents, making them more aware about which skills students have learned and whether they are prepared to advance to college-level work. Others say the state should work to ensure that more students reach higher levels of proficiency.

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