Indiana Continues Slide Away From Common Core, PARCC


No one would have predicted that even with Tony Bennett’s departure, a red state like Indiana would shift so decidedly away his reforms. But not every republican legislators was on board. In April, the Indiana legislature voted to re-write it’s school grade formula and to “pause” implementation of Common Core. Now they’ve backed away from the PARCC testing consortium. Writes StateImpact Indiana reporter Elle Moxley:

We dropped by the PARCC governing board meeting in Washington, D.C. — you know, just happened to be in the neighborhood — and noticed an absence: Indiana.

State education officials didn’t participate in talks Wednesday to set performance expectations on new standardized tests aligned to a set of nationally-crafted academic standards known as the Common Core.

As a governing state in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Indiana gets a seat at the table. But no one from the Department of Education has attended a PARCC governing board meeting since Superintendent Glenda Ritz took office in January.

That tracks with what Ritz told StateImpact last week about participation in PARCC and Smarter Balanced, the other consortium writing tests for the Common Core.

“We will not be participating in consortiums that decide for us the cost of the test, the questions on the test, the cutoffs,” she says. “Indiana will be doing that on its own.”

Ritz says her office scaled back involvement in the PARCC consortium after state lawmakers voted to pause rollout of the Common Core pending a legislative review. HB 1427 also bars the State Board of Education from ceding control of standards or assessments to outside entities.

This spring Ritz expressed an interest in also joining Smarter Balanced so Indiana could go with whichever consortia designed a better assessment. That’s what North Dakota is doing.

While this is sure to be a bitter pill for Bennett, the news won’t be lost on Florida legislative leaders. Common Core and PARCC are joined at the hip. Bloodied from a decade of FCAT drama, will they have the appetite for shoving Common Core-PARCC testing into Florida’s shaky and controversial education accountability apparatus?

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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4 Responses to Indiana Continues Slide Away From Common Core, PARCC

  1. “, a red state like Indiana would shift so decidedly away his reforms.”

    Bob, it’s not a right left issue, more a us versus them issue…

    Back when Jeb Bush and Bill Gates were were figuring out was to market and profit from Common Core, long before anything was made public, Barack Obama and Bill Ayers were using their positions on the Annenberg Challenge to finance the scheme’s author, Davis Coleman..

    In fact as of now, a few Tea Partiers have probably done more to slow down it’s implementation than all the left handed teacher in the country combined.. I don’t know of any nationally syndicated liberal columnists running a anti common core campaign.. Michelle Malkin is.. No major liberal TV talking head is using his show to fight it, Glenn Beck is… The RNC came out against it,, where’s the DNC? Hell we could use some help from the teachers..please

    To be fair the teachers have had to fight both the system, their own unions and risk their jobs if they dared open their mouths.. That takes guts, something Americans seem a little short of these days….

  2. Bob, you have a really bad error in your headline. It should read ” its” slide. It’s means it is. Would you say Indiana continues it is slide from Commo Core? No. I just wanted you to know, as the same error is repeated when you say. . . “it’s” agenda, which should have been its agenda. Old English teachers never die, Bob. Hope you didn’t mind.

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