It’s Official, Arkansas Is Out of PARCC

arkansas flagA couple of weeks ago Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered his state out of PARCC after some back and forth with his state board of education. The board Thursday complied (not that they had any choice).  They voted 4 to 2 with two abstentions to switch to ACT and ACT Aspire.

Arkansas Online reports:

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to switch Arkansas’ public school testing program to the ACT and ACT Aspire exams, reversing course less than a month after rebuffing Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s recommendation that they do so.

But the board that voted 4-2, with two abstentions, on Thursday in favor of the change next school year to ACT from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, was a different makeup from the one that decided at a June 11 meeting to stick with PARCC.

Two members’ terms expired and a third resigned after taking a position with the Walton Foundation; all three of Hutchinson’s new appointments — Charisse Dean, Brett Williamson and Susan Chambers — voted for the ACT switch.

Hutchinson in a statement early Thursday afternoon lauded the board’s vote, saying its “willingness to move away from PARCC and seek this new contract is an indication of the Board’s continued dedication to putting Arkansas’s students first”

Next move… repeal the Common Core.