Costs soar for Arizona’s new Common Core achievement test | Arizona Capitol Times

By Gary Grado – gary.grado@azcapitoltimes.com

Published: July 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

The cost per student for the new test to measure progress under Common Core is nearly 50 per cent more than the AIMS test, causing sticker shock among some lawmakers and advocates for the learning standards.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, announced this week after years of developing the test it will cost $29.50 per student. Arizona paid $18 to $20 per student depending on the grade to give the AIMS test to 750 students in the 2012-13 school year.

Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, chair of the House Committee on Education, said the cost isn’t out of line considering the massive amount of development that went into it and that it no longer consists of simply filling in a bubble-sheet. But she thinks the per-student increase will make the test unaffordable when multiplied by the number of students who will be taking it.

“The state I don’t believe could afford that kind of accelerated cost on assessments,” Goodale said.

The cost to test with PARCC would be between $7.1 million and $8.6 million more, assuming the same number of students who took AIMS last year take the new test.

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