What States Have Pulled Out of their Common Core Assessment Consortium?

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We wanted to provide a complete list in one location of all the states that have pulled out of either Smarter Balanced or PARCC, as well as, states that are considering it.

States that have pulled out of their Assessment Consortium:

  1. Utah (Smarter Balanced) – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile/54627081-68/utah-state-standards-consortium.html.csp
  2. Oklahoma (PARCC) – http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/oklahoma-pulls-out-of-parcc/ (the Tulsa World article is no longer on the website).
  3. Georgia (PARCC) – http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/georgia-decides-against-offering-common-core-stand/nYzDr/
  4. Alabama (Smarter Balanced & PARCC – they were an advisory state) – http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/02/alabama_withdraws_from_both_te.html
  5. Indiana (PARCC) – http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/pence-pulls-indiana-out-of-parcc/  and http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/2013/07/29/gov-pence-signals-intent-to-withdraw-from-common-core-consortium-parcc/  As of December PARCC still had them listed though – http://hoosiersagainstcommoncore.com/indianas-withdraw-parcc-real-show/
  6. Kansas (Smarter Balanced) – http://m.cjonline.com/news/2013-12-10/kansas-opts-create-its-own-common-core-tests
  7. Pennsylvania (Smarter Balanced & PARCC) – http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/06/pennsylvania_signals_departure_from_test_consortia.html
  8. Alaska (Smarter Balanced) – http://www.newsminer.com/news/education/alaska-changes-school-testing-consortium/article_05509298-7d77-11e3-9606-001a4bcf6878.html
  9. Florida (PARCC) – http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/rick-scott-pulls-florida-out-of-parcc/

States Actively Considering Withdrawing

  1. Michigan (Smarter Balanced) – http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/12/consortium_watch_kansas_drops_.html
  2. Kentucky (PARCC) – http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/12/consortium_watch_kansas_drops_.html
  3. North Carolina (Smarter Balanced) – http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/02/3502892/common-core-backlash-casts-shadow.html
  4. Iowa (Smarter Balanced) – The Iowa Legislature actually has to approve its use – http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2013/05/iowa-puts-common-core-assessments-on-hold/

States that never joined.

  1. Virginia
  2. Texas
  3. Nebraska
  4. Minnesota

Photo credit: Barbara Day

Credit: Stephanie Zimmerman of Idahoans for Local Education put the original list together in an email to our group.  I expanded it and added some additional news stories.

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  1. Guest says:

    O, I know its not official yet because the bills are still just a few days away from being filed but, Missouri will have FOUR bills seeking to get us out of common core. Two will specifically state we must get out of SBAC. You can safely add us to the list.

  2. Anngie says:

    Ok, I know its not official yet because the bills are still just a few
    days away from being filed but, Missouri will have FOUR bills seeking to
    get us out of common core. Two will specifically state we must get out
    of SBAC. You can safely add us to the list.

    • TeaPartyBarbie says:

      Anngie would letters to the editor be helpful in the major MO papers?

      • Anngie says:

        Once we have the bill numbers letters would be great. If you are registered on our site you should receive notice of the numbers. Coming this week! MOAgainstCommonCore.Com

  3. Diane Marie says:

    Florida has not pulled out of PARCC completely. The stopped being the fiscal agent for PARCC and they are not using their testing but they are still members of the Consortia.

  4. Diane Marie says:

    Florida also initially did not agree to participate in the ability to make any of those 15% changes to the Standards. Now Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education and Jeb Bush girl (Reformer) has stated one day she is making 40+ changes and then a couple of days ago she stated 96. She has also told us she has received a letter from the CCSSO allowing her to make changes but to date has not responded to any requests to see the letter from the CSSO. There are probably long strings attached to this because she then admitted any changes will not affect the Standards themselves. Florida is a mess or cronyism, corruption and just plain “good ole boy” dirty politics.


    This will give you a sample of the war we are in!

  5. TeaPartyBarbie says:

    It is also useful to point out that New Hampshire’s largest school district rejected the core. It was my understanding they have planned to use a different assessment, but I did not follow up on that story.

  6. TeaPartyBarbie says:

    I thought Gov. LePage of Maine pulled the state out of common core through executive order? How is it they are still members of the consortia?

  7. Educator says:

    Think that Texas has never been involved in common core? Then look at what some materials that are used by scool districts may be using. On some printed materials used in the schools is a comment of “aligned with common core.” Is this not common core? One such publication using “Aligns with Common Core Standards” is News Currents which uses this and comments on the cover of Vol. 63 No. 1, Week of Oct. 7, 2013 “Readers Choice Top 100 products of 2013.”
    You may want to check your school district to see if this news publication. You may want to just ask your kids.
    To get a closer look just google News Currents.

  8. Eric says:

    New Hampshire has a bill in the NH House, HB 1508-FN,
    “AN ACT terminating state participation in the common core educational
    standards.” http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1508.html

    I would add NH to the “States Actively Considering Withdrawing” list.

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