The Colorado Department of Education will drop PARCC as their statewide assessment but will keep Pearson as the contractor to develop the new assessment.
After student pushback over PARCC, Maryland will consider shortening the assessment or moving it earlier in the year which probably won’t ease concerns.
The Oregon Department of Education confirmed that they will no longer use Smarter Balanced for 11th Grade, but will continue using it in 3rd-8th Grades
Comparing two Common Core-related bills offered in the Ohio House only one would guarantee a repeal of the Common Core State Standards in the Buckeye State.
The Rhode Island Department of Education decided to abandon PARCC for Massachusetts hybrid MCAS-PARCC Assessment and the SAT.
3rd through 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools will take the NWEA MAP assessment and the PARCC assessment required by the state of Illinois.
The New Jersey Assembly in a 69 to 3 vote instruct the State Board of Education to vacate the rule requiring students pass PARCC in order to graduate.
The Press of Atlantic City reported last week that very few New Jersey seniors took PARCC in order to graduate last school year.
An interstate test item cooperative may provide states some flexibility for developing assessments, but right now they would Common Core-aligned assessments.
The Baltimore Sun reported over the weekend that students, schools and parents in Maryland found little to celebrate when PARCC scores were released.