The state cites cost, technological readiness, as stumbling blocks in using PARCC's tests.
New pricing estimates show that half the states in the PARCC group and one-third in Smarter Balanced will face paying more for those tests than what they currently pay.
One of the state consortia will announce how much its tests will cost, a topic of intense interest in the states.
A STEM education coalitionopposes the House Republican bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.
The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.
Florida's senate president and speaker of the house urged the schools commissioner to withdraw the state from the PARCC consortium, amid concerns about testing time and technological readiness.
The state board's vote in favor of the standards is not the final word. Ultimate authority rests with Washington state's superintendent.
The new executive director, Bob Doucette, brings considerable experience in association management, but not in math education.
Here are some noteworthy STEM developments in recent days, including reflections from educators in new STEM schools, the winners of a STEM video game contest, and analysis of top-paying jobs for recent college graduates.
The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.