House Votes To Pull Arkansas Students Out Of PARCC Test

Mar 6, 2015

The Arkansas House has voted to prohibit the state from administering a test linked to the Common Core education standards. The bill passed by the House on an 86-1 vote Friday would end the state's participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers after June 30. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

The PARCC exam is based on Common Core, which has been adopted by a majority of states, including Arkansas. The standards were designed to ensure high school graduates are ready for college or a career, but Common Core has come under fire from conservatives in recent years.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formed a task force to review Common Core and recommend whether the standards are a good fit for the state.