Oklahoma, Georgia Back Out of PARCC Consortium
Earlier this week, Georgia and Oklahoma officially announced that they will not use Common Core tests that are being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The decision for both states came soon after PARCC announced its estimate for the cost of Common Core testing-$29.50 per student. This is significantly more than the $10 per student that Georgia currently spends.
Other states that are still in the PARCC consortium have begun scaling back on their participation. Indiana has been noticeably absent from PARCC board meetings as of late, with state officials claiming that they must complete a legislative review of the Common Core standards before joining the meetings.
Alabama, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania have already left the PARCC consortium, which brings the number of states participating down to 18 plus the District of Columbia. The consortium currently receives government funding based on the participation of at least 15 states. Rumors about Florida potentially leaving the consortium have begun to surface online, but right now it seems unlikely that Florida will leave in the foreseeable future.
For more information on the PARCC consortium, please read:
- This week’s article in State Impact, ‘With Georgia Out, What’s Next For Common Core Testing Consortium PARCC‘
- Diane’s blog post, ‘Georgia Withdraws from PARCC Testing Consortium‘
Then post your feedback on our online forum, ‘Common Core without PARCC‘