Arkansas Effort To End Common Core-Linked Test Fails

Mar 18, 2015

A Senate panel has voted to prevent the state from renewing its contract with a Common Core-linked test for more than a year after a proposal to scrap the assessment entirely failed.

The Senate Education Committee approved legislation Wednesday requiring the state Board of Education to consider the recommendations from a state task force before deciding to renew its involvement in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

An earlier version of the House-backed bill calling for an end of the state's involvement in PARCC failed before the committee.

The PARCC exam is based on Common Core, education standards that have been adopted by a majority of states, including Arkansas.