This says it all: The names and letters change, but not much else—except for throwing more money at a game of wasteful politics labeled “reform.”
“Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has decided that the state should drop the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test,” reports Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week, adding, “and instead use the ACT Aspire test.”
Also in Education Week, Ujifusa explains:
South Carolina was one of three states last year—along with Indiana and Oklahoma—to require a replacement for the Common Core State Standards, amid a volatile political climate and challenges states have faced in implementing the standards.
SC has also opted for ACT Aspire testing, and all these changes are characterized as follows:
That shift has led to what state officials say is a calmer political climate for South Carolina’s public schools, support from a broad spectrum of K-12 and higher education leaders, and new standards that the state itself says are very closely aligned to the common core.
If fact, many states have begun…
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