Kansas Withdraws from Smarter Balanced

The Kansas State Board of Education voted 8-2 to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium opting to commission the University of Kansas to develop a new test instead. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

Kansas withdrew Tuesday from a federally funded, state-led initiative to develop tests aligned to the controversial Common Core mathematics and English standards, choosing instead to commission the tests from The University of Kansas.

After hours of in-depth discussion, the Kansas State Board of Education voted 8-2 to walk away from a years-long effort that Kansas played a lead role in — the Smarter Balanced state consortium that is developing Common Core tests with a federal Race to the Top Grant.

The key concern for board members was that the Smarter Balanced tests — once they are finished and ready for schools in 2015 — will be more expensive than commissioning the assessments from KU’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, or CETE.

Update: Kansans Against Common Core said… maybe this just sounds good.  They found KU’s CETE has contracted with West Ed. in the past and guess who’s helped write Smarter Balanced?

3 thoughts on “Kansas Withdraws from Smarter Balanced

  1. My child came home from school saying that common core hit the art rubric. Now they have to defend their art pieces. Great.

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