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Across the nation, states are dropping out of the Common Core testing. Most have decided that the tests are too long, too expensive, and provide no more information than the tests they had before.
But Iowa, among the high-scoring states in the nation, has decided to adopt the Smarter Balanced Assessment at the same time that others are backing out. The new tests will begin in the 2016-17 year.
The irony is that Iowa has long been one of the nation’s high-performing states even though it had no state standards or assessments.
But the state board of education has decided to follow everyone else, even as others are dropping out.