With Iowa’s departure from Smarter Balanced as a participating state, the Smarter Balanced Consortium dwindles even further.
Mercedes Schneider notes the decline.
Smarter Balanced started with 31 states when it launched. In 2014, It had 20 governing states and two participating states. In 2017 it is now down to 12 governing states, a U.S. territory, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It now has just one affiliate state.
Here’s the current list:
Smarter Balanced Governing Members:
- South Dakota
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- US Virgin Islands
Smarter Balanced Affiliate State:
- North Carolina
Smarter Balanced is certainly better off than PARCC that only has five governing states and the District of Columbia.
States being on the same playing field when it comes to assessments is just another broken promise from Common Core advocates.
Also, I should note that while Smarter Balanced and PARCC membership has dwindled, the new assessments most states that have left offer are Common Core-aligned.