Indiana is the latest state to withdraw from a national Common Core testing coalition, leaving state officials to reconsider the national standards and tests.
According to EAGNews.org, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced Monday that his state will no longer participate in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and will officially withdraw, effective August 12th.
“It is the right and responsibility of the state to make independent, fiscally responsible decisions regarding standards and assessments for the good of all the people of Indiana,” Pence said in a statement.
By law, Indiana may only withdraw from PARCC if the current state superintendent agrees with the decision. A state Department of Education spokesperson has said that superintendent Glenda Ritz (D) agrees with Pence’s decision.
Heartland.org reports that Indiana may re-join PARCC if its state board of education opts to stay with Common Core. A 2013 law mandates that a decision be made by July 2014 following a statewide review.