Gov. Asa Hutchinson has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Johnny Key asking the Department of Education to withdraw the state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium.
Earlier this month, the governor’s Council on Common Core Review recommended that the state terminate its contract with PARCC and enter into a new one with ACT and ACT Inspire. Read our story here.
However, on June 11, the state Board of Education voted against adopting the recommendation. At the time, Hutchinson expressed disappointment in the decision and said he would work closely with Key and the board to determine the next steps the state’s assessment tool.
“The recommendation was based on the conclusions reached by the Common Core Review Council, a 16 member council made up of teachers, administrators, business leaders and students from all over the state,” Hutchinson said in a news release June 11.
In today’s letter addressed to Key, the governor asked that the board withdraw from the consortium and references the terms of a 2010 memorandum of understanding outlining recommitments to the consortium.
“Based on actions during the regular session, it is clear that legislators want to move away from PARCC,” Hutchinson wrote.
“It should also be noted that the number of other states participating in PARCC has dropped substantially, a trend that could make the prospect of cross-state comparability difficult in the future. … In my judgment, ACT and ACT Aspire are the right assessment tools to accomplish the goal of national comparison of student achievement and long-term stability.”