Lawmakers are balking at plans to give Common Core-based exams to kids in Michigan schools next school year. They're instead pushing for a pause of the tests expected to replace assessments the state has used for nearly 45 years. The legislative pushback against Gov. Rick Snyder, the state Education Department and business community leaves in doubt what standardized test will be given to 800,000 students in grades 3-8 and 11th. And there's little time to resolve the conflict before legislators finalize the next state budget in a month.
Critics are concerned that Smarter Balanced, which 120,000 Michigan students are testing out this spring, won't be ready next spring.
But state officials say there's no other option for now and the state's waiver from a federal law may be in jeopardy.