Announcement - July 23, 2013

Georgia Withdraws From PARCC

Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test development consortium according to a July 22, 2013 press release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).

The cost of the PARCC assessments was cited as one of the main reasons for Georgia’s withdrawal from the consortium. Governor Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced that Georgia will create its own assessments aligned to the current academic standards, the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS). The GaDOE has pledged to continue using Georgia educators to help develop our state assessments as we move forward with implementation of the standards. “Assessing our students’ academic performance remains a critical need to ensure that young Georgians can compete on equal footing with their peers throughout the country,” Gov. Deal said. “Georgia can create an equally rigorous measurement without the high costs associated with this particular test. Just as we do in all other branches of state government, we can create better value for taxpayers while maintaining the same level of quality.”

As GaDOE begins to build new assessments, please note that our Georgia assessments:

  • will be aligned to the math and English language arts state standards;
  • will be high-quality and rigorous;
  • will be developed for students in grades 3 through 8 and high school;
  • will be reviewed by Georgia teachers;
  • will require less time to administer than the PARCC assessments;
  • will be offered in both computer- and paper-based formats; and
  • will include a variety of item types, such as performance-based and multiple-choice items.

Even though the full impact of this decision is not yet known, GCTM will continue its advocacy for quality mathematics education as well as its support of individual teachers. As additional information becomes available, we will keep you informed.