Missouri fights ruling saying Common Core test pact unlawful
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.