Superintendent Explains Why Georgia Pulled Out of a Common Core Testing Consortium

The state opts to develop its own tests after working with other states on computer-based exams.

by News Staff / July 26, 2013 0

Georgia decided to leave a Common Core testing consortium because it can't afford the computer-based tests.

John Barge, the Georgia state school superintendent, explained the decision to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium in a column published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The tests from this consortium would have cost the state an extra $26 million, more than doubling it's assessment costs.

And that's unthinkable in a time when Georgia's teachers are taking furlough days, the majority of students aren't in class 180 days, and school districts don't have enough resources because of budget cuts.

"To accept the additional financial burden from the PARCC assessments would be a slap in the face to all Georgians," Barge wrote.

What he didn't say was how much it would cost for Georgia to create a new assessment.