The Arkansas House Education Committee has passed HB 1241 out of committee for consideration by the entire House. It has also been amended considerably. It started out as a delay and review bill, not looking at the engrossed version that has been amended it forces the state to exit PARCC by June 30, 2015.
The bill originally would have delayed PARCC until the 2017-2018 school year. The bill also called for the Governor to convene a task force that includes teachers to review PARCC and other assessments and determine what assessment is best for Arkansas. They are to report its findings to the Governor of Arkansas by October 1, 2017.
The amended version does not contain any of that language.
The bill’s author, State Representative Mark Lowry (R-Maumelle), also offered the three amendments to the bill that passed in committee. 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).