The Common Core is a shared a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. All Ohio schools are supposed to be teaching the Common Core by fall 2013. Students will be tested on them starting in the 2014-15 school year.
In an email today, Ohio Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers wrote:
We have received a few calls recently inquiring if Ohio is considering leaving the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the consortium of 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are working jointly to develop the next generation of student assessments. We are not. We are completely committed to PARCC and deeply engaged in this important and exciting work.
In contrast to Ohio’s stance, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennet says he thinks it’s good for states to have backup plans in case the Common Core and its new tests fall apart.
From our colleagues at StateImpact Florida:
Bennett said he plans to report back to the board next month. That report will include a date for the agency to make a go/no-go decision on Common Core and PARCC [the new Common Core standardized tests] for the 2014-2015 school year. It will also include “Plan B” alternatives.
“I don’t want this to imply…to mean PARCC won’t happen,” Bennett said. “But I do believe it’s good management to consider what we’re going to do around a Plan B if PARCC gets delayed, or if for some reason PARCC doesn’t come to fruition.”