- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Critics of the federally backed Common Core education standards have filed a lawsuit against North Dakota over its membership in a group that developed new standardized tests.

The Michigan-based conservative Christian advocacy group Thomas More Law Center filed the suit, which names as defendants State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, the state and others.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1J0LQEP ) reports the plaintiffs contend North Dakota’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium violates part of the U.S. Constitution stating that “no state shall, without the consent of Congress … enter into any agreement or compact with another state.”

Common Core standards outline skills students need to be ready for college and careers. Many states, including North Dakota, offered new standardized tests this year that were developed by Smarter Balanced.

A Department of Public Instruction spokesman says the agency wont’ comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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