Arizona is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
State education officials said the move was not a sign of lack of confidence in PARCC. But the state’s procurement code expects a competitive process for assessments, and to comply with that requirement, Arizona will issue a request for proposals. State leaders also thought it was prudent to withdraw from the consortium altogether to avoid any perception of bias in the selection process.
PARCC is free to submit a bid along with other vendors.
A version of this article appeared in the June 11, 2014 edition of Education Week as Ariz. Withdraws From PARCC to Avoid Perception of Bias