Currently, here is the list of states taking the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Test - Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia (which isn't a state, but makes the list look a bit longer), Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusettes, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island. (Source: http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-states)
Last month CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett in conjunction with the school board said that only 66 CPS schools would take part in this test this year because so many schools were not prepared and ready for the technogy requirements to complete this exam. This decision was made "despite the potentional for sanctions that could include some loss of federal funding."
The federal goverment attached to the educational money tree is now threatening to cut the purse strings for Illinois if all CPS students do not take the test. It's being reported that no final decision has been made, but all CPS schools should be prepared to take the test. Meetings have been taking place behind closed doors, which I'm sure means a decision really has been made, they are just deciding how best to spin it for the public.