Lawmakers could be close to a deal on a new standardized test tied to the controversial Common Core educational standards.
A push to delay the test, known as the PARCC, set to start next school year, has been a flashpoint in the state legislature this spring.
The PARCC delay has been stalled in the Senate for the last month, right on the verge of passage. Now Majority Leader Mark Norris thinks there’s a consensus: continue Tennessee’s current standardized test, known as the TCAP, while shopping for an alternative over the next year:
“I think we all agree that there should be more opportunity to consider alternatives to PARCC, or at least to put PARCC out for bid. There shouldn’t be a rush to implementation on that, and I think that’s what the consensus will be.”
Governor Bill Haslam’s administration had previously opposed any delay.
But with session winding down next week, lawmakers trying to strike a blow against the Common Core have just a few days left in the session to push the bill through.