Inevitable? For four years, D.C.-based special interests have repeated that “the Common Core standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia; they’re here to stay.”
But we knew better. Common Core is meaningless without national tests to lock in implementation. Today, the Partnership for Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) national assessment is a sinking ship, and states are bailing on it as fast as they can.
PARCC is one of two federally funded consortia developing national assessments aligned with Common Core. Its $160 million in federal funding hinges upon its ability to maintain a membership of at least 15 states.
But PARCC’s membership map is shrinking – fast.