Governor Pence Wants Out of PARCC

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July 29, 2013 — Indiana Governor Mike Pence sent a letter Monday to withdraw Indiana’s membership from the national “common core” educational standards testing consortium.

Pence’s office says the letter went to Governing Board Chair of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Mitchell Chester, to make Indiana’s withdrawal effective August 12, 2013.

Governor Pence signed HEA 1427 into law in May to provided for a comprehensive evaluation and reconsideration of Common Core State Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in August of 2010. The law also curtails the state of Indiana’s participation in a consortium such as PARCC.

Pence says, “Indiana’s educational standards must be rigorous, enable college and career readiness, and align with postsecondary educational expectations to best prepare our children to compete with their national and global peers. Assessments must also align with these high standards. I support the legislative intent of HEA 1427 and firmly believe 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.”

The Governor’s Office says that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz must also submit a letter of intent to PARCC’s Governing Board Chair in order for the state’s withdrawal from the PARCC Governing Board to go into effect.


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