Hutchinson Open To Bidding For New Education Test Provider

Jun 23, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to the Little Rock Rotary 99 Club.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says multiple proposals from standardized testing companies after he ordered education officials to drop out of an assessment linked to the Common Core standards.

A day after directing state officials to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium, the Republican governor said he believes there is time to issue a request for proposals for a new test to be administered next spring.

Hutchinson ordered the state to withdraw from PARCC days after the state Education Board rejected his request to replace the PARCC test with an ACT test.

Hutchinson has three new appointments to make to the board, and says he hopes to name them before the board's July 9 meeting.