State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi announced her decision Monday to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, also known as PARCC.
Barresi said the state won't participate because the tests take too long and Oklahoma schools don't have enough technology infrastructure. Also, Barresi said dropping out of PARCC could save the state up to $2 million a year, though Barresi declined to give more specific information.
The state Education Department will take bids soon on testing options.
“This will not be a rollback of the rigor of the examination at all,” Barresi said Monday.
Maridyth McBee, assistant state superintendent for accountability and assessment, said she will continue meeting with other PARCC members as tests are developed and finalized, even though the state will not participate in the exams.
“We can still have some benefits of working with others without the requirement of giving the test,” she said.
Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, who serves on a PARCC advisory committee, issued this statement Monday:
“College readiness is critically important to higher education's Complete College America degree completion initiative, serving as one of the five major components of our CCA project. We believe that appropriate assessment is essential, and while PARCC may or may not be an option, we will continue to evaluate all appropriate assessment tools to determine college readiness.”
— CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER SILAS ALLEN