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ERIC Number: ED517202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment 2.0: "Next-Generation" Comprehensive Assessment Systems. An Analysis of Proposals by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Tamayo, Joaquin R., Jr.
Aspen Institute
On September 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced the winners of the $350 million Race to the Top Comprehensive Assessment Systems Competition: the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SMARTER). In his announcement, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asserted that these "next-generation" assessments are "an absolute game-changer in public education." Designed to replace individual state tests in English language arts and mathematics currently mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the PARCC and SMARTER assessment systems will usher in a new and different approach to assessment system design to complement the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These new standards and assessments have significant implications for how states and districts organize and support the challenging work of principals and teachers to improve student outcomes. By the 2014-2015 school year, for the first time in the history of American education, the daily work of teachers in PARCC and SMARTER consortia states will be driven by common standards and assessments designed to prepare all students for success in college and the workplace. States and districts need to build a "next-generation" policy infrastructure to ensure that school-based professionals have the resources they need to take full advantage of the PARCC and SMARTER assessment systems. This side-by-side comparative brief describes the system proposed by each consortium in order to assist state and district-level leaders in planning for implementation. (Contains 5 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top