PARCC, Pearson Lose Common Core State Testing Contracts

PARCC AND RESERVATIONS: Bad news for two big organizations tasked with delivering Common Core assessments: PARCC, one of the two consortia that received federal funding ($160 million to be exact), has lost another state: Arkansas, whose State Board of Education voted to use the ACT Aspire test instead. It's another blow to PARCC, which just lost its testing contract with the state of Ohio to The American Institutes for Research in early July. This loss leaves PARCC with just nine partner states.

PARCC's not alone in its woes, though: Pearson, which had a $32 million contract with New York to develop Common Core tests, was replaced by Questar Assessment Inc. (which signed a $44 million, five-year contract.)

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