The Country’s Biggest Common Core Test Is Circling The Drain
Arkansas’ board of education voted Thursday to dump a national standardized test aligned with Common Core math and science standards, while New York decided not to adopt it.
Back in 2011, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) had 24 member states (plus D.C.) containing over half the country’s schoolchildren. The group, a consortium of state school leaders, was crafted to create shared state tests closely aligned to Common Core standards in math and English. Its scope reflected the ambition of Common Core backers to have every state using similar standardized tests for the sake of easier comparison. Now, only seven states plus D.C. are scheduled to take its tests next year, making the idea of truly “national” comparison seem hollow.