Oklahoma state Superintendent Janet Barresi signaled last week that the state will not use the common-core assessments being developed by the PARCC testing consortium and will work on its own with a testing company to develop tests pegged to the math and literacy standards, the Tulsa World reports.
The news comes several months after Alabama announced that it was withdrawing from both state testing consortia that have been working, supported by more than $350 million in federal dollars, to develop assessments aligned with the common-core standards.
Oklahoma may remain a member of the consortium. It became a “governing state” in 2011. It still can remain a “participating state.
Including Oklahoma, PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, has 21 state members, plus the District of Columbia.
A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as Oklahoma Drops Out Of Common Tests