Since 2010 PARCC and Smarter Balanced have seen their consortia’s membership go from 58 member states and territories (including the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Authority) to 22. This is a 62% decline.
That’s a steep drop with PARCC feeling the brunt of that. They have gone from 26 members to six. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s membership has been cut in half from 32 members in 2010 to currently 16.
Education Next points out the drop in consortia membership, but also note that very few states have formally dropped the Common Core (which have only offered rebrands).
While this Gates-funded media outlet is tone-deaf on the subject of data privacy, and lauds the standards and assessments as a worthy goal. They make some points about why the assessments have seen the sharp drop in membership while the standards have not. Below are some of the points made.
- General disdain for high-stakes testing.
- Some states tying the assessments to teacher and school accountability concerned teachers and parents alike.
- Assessments were at the forefront of a disastrous implementation of Common Core. The tests were more visible and tangible so they were fairly easy political targets.
They then note “support from the wrong places.”
The Common Core standards and their aligned assessments drew many supporters from the federal and state governments, from the philanthropic community, and from reform advocates, but most members of these groups do not have a personal stake—a vested interest—in what happens in schools at the ground level. Therefore, their support alone is not enough to sustain education reform over time.
Ding. Ding. Ding….
They did not reach out to parents, teachers and state lawmakers. This was done intentionally however because there is no way they would have gotten as many states to sign on with the standards and assessment consortia if they went about adoption in a public and transparent way.
They don’t mention the cost. Which I believe was the fatal flaw in many states. The price tag was just too high.