News in Brief
Miss. State Board Votes To Leave PARCC Consortium
The Mississippi Board of Education voted last week to leave the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium developing tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and to seek a new test for next school year.
The state board announced that it would seek a new state assessment in English/language arts and math for the 2015-16 school year by issuing a request for proposals on Feb. 2. The state will still administer the PARCC exam this spring.
The move comes roughly a week after the Colorado state board voted to allow districts to opt out of giving the PARCC assessment, a move some state officials said might be illegal. The Mississippi departure would put the consortium membership at 11 states and the District of Columbia.
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