Sunday, February 15, 2015

As usual...Follow the Money

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:

As is common knowledge by now, there were more states that signed on to take the PARCC Test, but little by little as more came to be known about this test and the way concepts are being taught, etc. many states chaged their mind even though that meant losing the federal purse strings that were attached.  As recently as this past week, Arkansas is setting up a task force led by Lt. Governor Tim Griffin to look at the Common Core Standards to decide if this is the route for them.

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.


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