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ERIC Number: ED511403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
How Will the Common Core Initiative Impact the Testing Industry?
Toch, Thomas; Tyre, Peg
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have sponsored the development of common K-12 education standards in math and English/language arts--a project known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)--in an effort to improve college readiness for the nation's students and replace the patchwork of often-superficial state standards that have contributed to troubling gaps in educational opportunities for students living in different parts of the country. Testing-company executives say that the rise of state testing consortia would likely cause more disruption in an industry that has already struggled under NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act). There would be far fewer tests to create under the consortia, especially if states relinquish the option under the Department of Education's proposal to permit states to customize up to 15 percent of the questions on the new tests (NGA and CCSSO are also permitting states to customize up to 15 percent of their standards under their CCSSI project). With test development making up some 20 percent of the $800 million to $1 billion state accountability testing market today, the result of fewer tests under the consortium model would be another financial blow to the testing industry. But they also say the federal initiative could present new opportunities. For example, the industry could concentrate its resources on building smaller numbers of more sophisticated tests that move beyond the low-level skills that states have stressed under NCLB. This paper discusses how the Common Core Initiative Impact will impact the testing industry. (Contains 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001