The Maryland State Board of Education will not require students to pass PARCC in high school in order to graduate until 2024.
The Feds rejected Colorado’s state accountability system that did not penalize schools with high opt-out rates, now the state will have two systems.
New Jersey released their PARCC test scores last week, and while they could point to some gains overall, there isn’t anything to be excited over.
With Iowa’s departure, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium dwindles to 14 governing members and one affiliate down from the 31 states first involved.
Several years after Common Core implementation only half of Massachusetts students are proficient after taking the new MCAS-PARCC hybrid assessment.
In April, Rhode Island decided to dump PARCC. They partnered with Massachusetts to develop their new assessment to be administered in May.
The Baltimore Sun reports that less than one-half of Maryland’s students passed PARCC’s math and English language arts assessments.
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