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Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

The June 9 letter from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday asks Duncan to clarify whether any state—regardless of consortium membership—has the right to use items from the item banks of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. He wrote that states need this question cleared up, because “several” states he does not name have asked the consortia to use items and “have been denied access” or told they would have to pay for such access.