Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman and Fielding Rolston, the chair of the Tennessee State Board of Education, wrote a letter to PARCC CEO Laura Stover in May saying that they were withdrawing from PARCC due to a new law, HB 1549, that passed and was signed by Governor Haslam. This leaves PARCC with just 14 member states and the District of Columbia.
The law requires Tennessee to use TCAP, the state’s current assessment, in 2014-2015 and the Tennessee Department of Education issue new RFPs for a new test for the 2015-2016 school year. PARCC can still participate in the competitive bidding process.
Some legislators saw this law as being “lipstick on a pig” when it was first passed in the Tennessee House due to loopholes in the language of the bill.