The House voted 86-1 this morning to approve Rep. Mark Lowery’s bill to drop use of the test that measures performance on the Common Core curriculum standards after it is used this year.
A task force appointed by the governor is going to consider curriculum and assessment issues for future years. Dropping the test does not mean the end of use of the Common Core standards. The effort to adopt national curriculum goals so performance could be compared uniformly across the country was once a widely approved idea, but it has come under increasing fire. The testing, particularly, has been hotly controversial, in part because of its administration on-line. Most expect scores on the test being scrapped, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, to produce a decline in students’ scores compared with the benchmark testing that has been in use.