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SD Supreme Court Hears Claim That Education Group Violates State, Federal Law


In 2014, South Dakota committed to using the services of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC. The consortium is located at UCLA and provides testing of K-12 student achievement.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral arguments from its opponents. Two South Dakota taxpayers filed suit through the Thomas More Law Center, an organization in Michigan that battles Common Core standards. The plaintiffs claim the consortium is an interstate compact requiring consent of the U.S. Congress and violates state and federal law.

Sixth Circuit Judge Mark Barnett ruled in June that South Dakota is not in violation of law. Plaintiffs are appealing that decision. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.