Arkansas is one big step closer to pulling out of PARCC, the Common Core assessment consortia the state is a governing member of. Just a few days after passing through the Arkansas House Education Committee, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 86-1 to pass HB 1241 on Friday.
It is important to note that this bill if passed does not stop testing this spring, so Arkansas parents will have to still refuse the test you can find out more specific Arkansas information about opting out here. The bill requires the state to pull out of PARCC by June 30, 2015, and Arkansas Department of Education or Arkansas State Board of Education will not be allowed to require PARCC after that date.
The bill’s author is State Representative Mark Lowry (R-Maumelle). The bill’s co-sponsors are State Representatives Mary Bentley (R-Perryville), Justin Harris (R-West Fork), John Payton (R-Wilburn) and Marcus Richmond (R-Harvey). The bill has now been sent to the Arkansas Senate for consideration.