by Shane Vander Hart
Indiana is reducing its participation with PARCC.
State Impact Indiana reports:
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 weekabout 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 lawmakersvoted 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.
Ritz has expressed interest in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium so Indiana could choose between the better of the two assessments as North Dakota is doing.
I don’t see how that would keep Indiana from not participating in consortium that decides cost, questions, and cutoffs. They would just be deciding which of the consortiums would be dictating that to the state.