Funding fears for states, as Common Core testing halts due to…wait for it…system failures

Funding fears for states, as Common Core testing halts due to…wait for it…system failures

As parents have continued to opt their children out of the testing aligned with the Common Core standards by the thousands in some states, in others, the testing has been halted entirely due to numerous technological glitches, leaving some state education officials worried their federal funding could be at stake as a result of low participation rates in the mandated tests.

Thousands of parents across the country are opting their children out of the tests aligned with the Common Core standards. For some school districts, the main problem is that the online tests cannot be administered at all to anyone due to system failures.

As Review Journal reported, the federally funded Smarter Balanced Common Core online testing was halted for grades three to five throughout Nevada, Montana, and North Dakota this past week due to system failure related to the number of students taking the test. …

Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri have also endured problems with their Common Core-aligned tests this year. …

The fear expressed by state education departments of the U.S. Department of Education’s (USED) withholding of funds due to failure to deliver high participation rates in the mandatory testing underscores the close-knit relationship between USED and state education departments and boards of education–which typically do its bidding.

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