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North Dakota drops PARCC while Florida ponders its next move



While top Florida lawmakers were calling for the state to abandon the PARCC testing consortium, North Dakota was taking the plunge.

Education Week reports that North Dakota dropped out of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, to focus its Common Core testing efforts with Smarter Balanced, the other consortium of states. North Dakota had been a member of both.

In a statement, ND superintendent of public instruction Kirsten Baesler said she saw Smarter Balanced as a better fit for her state. Other states also have backed away from PARCC or even the Common Core State Standards, including Oklahoma, Michigan and Indiana.

Florida's decision "is likely to prove influential, since it has long wielded outsized influence on key strains of the education debate," Education Week reporters blogged. "It also comes at an important time for the consortium, since PARCC and the other federally funded group of test-designing states, Smarter Balanced, are both working hard on "sustainability" issues—how to stay afloat after their federal funding runs out in the fall of 2014."

Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett has said he will announce his recommendation for the state's testing plans shortly.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:45pm]


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