6 six years and $350 million dollars in grant money later, the Common Core Testing Consortia is failing. In fact, membership has dropped 62%.
The two assessment consortia are the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
In 2010 the PARCC had 26 member states and the SBAC reported 32 member states. Today, only 6 states remain part of the PARCC and 16 remain involved with the SBAC.
North Carolina is one of the remaining SBAC members. This blog has repeatedly asked why the state is still involved when the state has no intention of using the SBAC tests and the legislature has blocked the funding.
The rate of attrition was charted, via the report at Education Next:
State participation in the consortia declined just as implementation of the new standards and tests was set to begin. The pace of withdrawals quickened over time, particularly for PARCC, which five or six states left every year between 2013 and 2015 (see Figure 1). As of May 2016, just six states planned to implement the PARCC-designed assessment in the 2016-17 academic year. SBAC also faced attrition but fared better and still retains 14 states that plan to use the full test. (That figure includes Iowa, where a legislative task force has overwhelmingly recommended the SBAC assessment, though as of early 2016 state officials had yet to formally accept the recommendation.) By early 2016, 38 states had left one or both consortia, short-circuiting the state-by-state comparability that the tests were designed to deliver (see Figure 2).