Georgia and Oklahoma have decided not to use common core assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers -- one of two consortia developing assessments based on the Common Core State Standards. The states say the fee -- $29.50 a student for both math and reading tests -- is too costly. While the tests are more expensive for some states, they will be cheaper for others such as Maryland, which currently spends $32 a student, according to a recent study.

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