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The fast-shrinking PARCC testing consortium dropped by another one
Governor John Kasich signed a bill to replace the trouble-plagued PARCC with another test.
The number of states in the federally-funded PARCC consortium has declined from 25 in 2011 to only 11 in 2015.
The Ohio decision was the result of voluminous complaints about PARCC, from technology glitches to the hours of time the tests require. PARCC has agreed to cut
AIR may well get the Ohio contract, but some parents and educators are unhappy with AIR.
PARCC also agreed in May to shorten its tests by 60 minutes in math and 30 minutes in English.
But that change wasn’t the dramatic reduction many sought. Students took about 10 to 11 hours of PARCC exams in just English and math this year, depending on their grade. With that much testing, the combined 90-minute drop amounts to a 15 percent cut at the most.
PARCC is rapidly losing states who are unhappy with the quality and time required for the PARCC tests.
PARCC states, as of 2011(25): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, District of Columbia.
Note that some states, like New York and Massachusetts, use PARCC in a far more limited way than Ohio has.
PARCC states now (11): Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, District of Columbia.
Arkansas is in the middle of a battle between the governor, legislature and state school board over PARCC’s future there.