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Indiana Decides to Withdraw from Common Core Testing Consortium

Governor Pence withdrew the state of Indiana from PARCC (Parnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) on Monday.  PARCC is one of two test consortiums that would measure student success for the Common Core Standards.  The other consortia is the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia).  Several states have now withdrawn from PARCC.  Only two states remain in the system, New York and Florida.

“On Monday, July 29, 2013, Governor Pence sent a letter to Governing Board Chair, Mitchell Chester of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), informing him of Indiana’s choice to withdraw from the Common Core program. PARCC supports the Common Core Standards that measures student success in school. Pence stated that, “Indiana’s educational standards must be rigorous, enable college and career readiness, and align with post-secondary educational expectations to best prepare our children to compete with their national and global peers,” and that “assessments must also align with these high standards.” Hoosiers have expressed concerns about the value of Common Core Standards for months and Pence’s announcement, for many, was a welcome song.”

HSLDA Goal: Block the Common Core Standards

The HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has just announced a redesign of their website to include a significant amount of material on the Common Core Standards.  The Common Core Standards are much more than “school standards” and include a wide array of initiatives such as data mining.  Topic Papers, Articles and Downloads/Printables offer parents and citizens information as well as help in fighting Common Core.  HSLDA’s Goal: Block the Common Core Standards.

Michael Farris, HSLDA director, states “I oppose Common Core for two central reasons: first, because it creates yet another set of centralized government standards for education, and second, because the Common Core has served as a catalyst for a dangerous innovation in data collection for students that will follow them throughout their education.”

1.  Contact your state legislator immediately

2. Contact your federal representative

3.  Spread the word

4.  Follow HSLDA through e-mail alerts

5. Take Action!

According to the site, new pages include:

FAQS:  Everything you need to know about the Common Core at a glance!

Timeline: Where did the Common Core come from?

Glossary: Who are the major players and what do those abbreviations mean?

Analysis: For those who want more – our in-depth research behind the FAQS

Get Involved!  How you can make a difference!

“The Common Core can only be stopped if citizens in every state demand that their representative block the standards,” according to the HSLDA Take Action page.

We at Minnesota Against Common Core are encouraged to see HSLDA take a strong stand against CCSSI and strongly suggest all members sign up for their e-mail alerts!  If you are a homeschooler, it is very important that you become or maintain your membership with HSLDA.