Missouri fights ruling saying Common Core test pact unlawful

5 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, March 11 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:21:17 PM CDT March 11, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's education department is appealing a ruling that says the state's membership to a Common Core-aligned testing consortium is unconstitutional.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday issued a statement saying the partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium saves money and should continue.

The national education standards for K-12 students and aligned tests have attracted criticism from those who say they were adopted without enough local input.

And a Cole County Circuit judge in February ruled Smarter Balanced is an unlawful interstate compact.

The announcement of the appeal comes a day after the House approved a budget for next fiscal year preventing the state from paying dues to Smarter Balanced.

But the budget still needs Senate approval, and the state could buy those tests without membership.

 

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