Ohio Dumps PARCC, Picks AIR to Deliver Common Core Tests in 2016

FRESH AIR: Ohio has dumped PARCC as its Common Core testing provider “after months of angry complaints about the new online tests having too many technology glitches and of eating up far too much learning time for students,” reports Cleveland.com. The state paid $26 million this past school year to PARCC, which now has 10 member states along with the District of Columbia.

The Buckeye State will pay the The American Institutes for Research (AIR) $23.6 million to deliver the Common Core tests next year. AIR is already under contract with the state to deliver science, social studies and graduation tests. Cleveland.com has a copy of the contract.

Education Week has a map of which test providers that states are choosing. (It is dated June 23, so Ohio's switch is not reflected.) At a glance, the Common Core testing landscape looks fragmented, with the two big consortia—Smarter Balanced and PARCC—accounting for just 27 states.

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