Governor Tells Education Commissioner To Drop Test Provider

Jun 22, 2015

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Education Commissioner Johnny Key in this file photo from March.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is telling education officials to drop the state's involvement in a standardized test linked to the Common Core standards, despite a state board rejecting his request to do so earlier this month.

Hutchinson on Monday directed Education Commissioner Johnny Key to withdraw the state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium. Hutchinson said the withdrawal was in accordance with a 2010 memorandum of understanding the state signed.

The move comes nearly two weeks after the state Board of Education rejected Hutchinson's request to change from the PARCC test to ACT tests. Hutchinson had called for the test change after a recommendation from a task force he formed to look at the state's involvement in Common Core.

Read the governor's letter here.