Thursday, June 11, 2015

Board of Education’s Vote on Statewide Assessment

by Tami Greever, AR1TV: Breaking News - The Arkansas State School Board of Education voted 7-1 AGAINST the recommendation of BOTH the Arkansas Education Task Force led by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and the announcement from the Governor that our state will forego PARCC testing in favor of the ACT test.

Additionally, the School Board won their legal battle to dismiss the waiver request of the Hughes School District---effectively closing an academically-solid, facility-solid and financially-solid school district and destroying another piece of rural Arkansas community living. For the Coleman: Edge to Edge exclusive interview with Representative Mark Lowery, please visit www.AR1.TV

Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:

"I’m disappointed the state Board of Education rejected the recommendation for student assessment for the next school year. The recommendation was based on the conclusions reached by the Common Core Review Council, a 16 member council made up of teachers, administrators, business leaders and students from all over the state.

"The legislature had directed through Act 1074 that the current PARCC contract not be renewed long term and for the State Board to consider a change for the 2016-17 school year. I determined it best to make the change for the next school year for the sake of long-term stability for the teachers, school districts and for the sake of our students.

"In the coming days, I will work closely with Commissioner Key and the Board to determine the best guidance we can provide our students, teachers and administrators as to the next steps in student assessments."

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