St. Tammany Parish is one of the state of Louisiana’s high-performing districts. Its board passed a far-reaching resolution declaring that it was dropping out of the Common Core standards and would not administer the PARCC assessments. Its resolution explained why it was not willing to participate in this disruption to its schools:
It objects to federal control of its curriculum;
The CCSS were written and implemented too quickly, without due deliberation;
Compliance with CCSS and PARCC involves huge expenses, in relation to equipment, upgrades, time, and effort;
It objects to the data-sharing agreements that are associated with CCSS;
It sees CCSS and PARCC as an unfunded mandate.
For these and other reasons, the school board said “no thanks.”