Smith & Love: States should pursue their own course under an administration that in Alabama’s case showed respect for local and state control of education.
Betty Peters: Is the US Department of Education afraid allowing Alabama to choose its assessment would make it stray too far from the federal corral?
Shane Vander Hart: The Trump Administration can give lip service to local control, or they actually can respect it and allow Alabama to proceed with a new test.
Fordham Institute’s report on PARCC v. MCAS reads more like propaganda and lacks the basic elements of objective research.
Delaware and West Virginia may see some changes with their involvement in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
ACT’s Common Core assessment, Aspire, did not receive a glowing endorsement from at least one school superintendent in Alabama. From AL.com: Madison City Schools showed more than 20 percent higher proficiency than the statewide average for the 2015 ACT Aspire assessments, but Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler didn’t appear enthused when sharing the scores this week. […]
The Arkansas State Board of Education voted 4 to 2 with two abstentions to switch to ACT and ACT Aspire officially ending Arkansas involvement with PARCC.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson sent a letter to Education Commissioner Johnny Key directing the Department of Education to withdraw the State of Arkansas from PARCC.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson accepted the recommendation of his Common Core Review Council to leave PARCC and use ACT Aspire and ACT instead.
SB 101 introduced in the Alabama Senate would end state participation in the Common Core State Standards and Alabama’s College-and Career-Ready Standards.