It appears Pennsylvania will be leaving PARCC and Smarter Balanced. If they do they will be the third state to leave its Common Core testing consortia. Utah pulled out of Smarter Balanced, and Alabama left PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
We heard this news last week while attending the Council of Chief State School Officers’ annual assessment conference. Senior officials in both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, told me that Pennsylvania has notified them by email that it plans to withdraw. Assessment folks attending another gathering recently also reported that top Keystone State officials had mentioned the state’s withdrawal there, as well.
Like Alabama, Pennsylvania was never a governing state for either consortium so it is much easier for them to pull out.