Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Council on Common Core Review has made its first recommendation to the governor.
The council recommended that the state terminate its contract with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and enter into a new contract with ACT and ACT Aspire.
A statement from the governor’s office said that Hutchinson has reviewed and accepted this recommendation. He also also asked the Arkansas Department of Education to begin taking the necessary steps for the transition to ACT and ACT Aspire.
“I have accepted the recommendation of the Common Core Review Council that the state leave PARCC and use the ACT and ACT Aspire, pending state Board of Education approval and a contract agreement with ACT and ACT Aspire,” Hutchinson said in a statement.
The council recommended the move because of the national recognition of ACT, the comparability among states, the minimal time spent testing relative to PARCC and the ACT’s relevance to students.
The Council is still conducting its listening tour around the state, and this is its only recommendation, which was made at the governor’s request due to timing.
A recommendation about the Common Core Standard will be made later this summer.
The Arkansas General Assembly endorsed the use of the ACT and ACT Aspire assessments by passing Act 989. The governor’s office believes this transition maintains the spirit of that legislation.
For more on the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review, click here.