Tony Wood

Commissioner of Education

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Why can’t students just take some other test (or use other test results) to demonstrate performance?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment has been developed to specifically align with the new Common Core State Standards in order to evaluate student learning progression toward college and career readiness.  Other tests have been developed as general instruments and are not aligned with Common Core State Standards.  Allowing the use of another instrument, or a variety of instruments, to gauge student performance in relation to the standards being used in Arkansas is not an accurate measure of achievement of the state-level goals for education.

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