Brian Hunt, the executive director of Stand for Children Oklahoma--an education advocacy organization, said the decision by State Superintendent Janet Barresi to pull Oklahoma out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing consortium does not erase the need for the adoption of a quality and rigorous assessment that has comparability with other states.

“Without a test that allows for comparability with other states, a central goal of the Common Core – measuring academic performance against a common set of rigorous expectations for college and career readiness will not be met.” Hunt said. “While it looks as if PARCC may not be the answer in Oklahoma, we must demand a quality assessment that truly gives parents peace of mind that their children are learning what they need to be ready for college and beyond.”

Hunt also said the Barresi decision should not delay implementation of the rigorous academic standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010 known as Common Core State Standards.

“The Common Core State Standards that were voted on by the Oklahoma Legislature and adopted by the Oklahoma Board of Education in 2010 empower local Oklahoma educators to set high expectations for what Oklahoma students need to learn to be ready for college and career,” Hunt said. “Superintendent Barresi’s decision doesn’t change that, and pulling out of PARCC should not be used as a tactic to delay implementation of Common Core State Standards already underway in hundreds of Oklahoma schools.”