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ERIC Number: EJ1003270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Coming Soon: A New Generation of Assessments
Doorey, Nancy A.
Educational Leadership, v70 n4 p28-34 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
A short 27 months ago, two groups of U.S. states were each awarded more than $175 million to design, develop, and pilot test a new generation of assessments (U.S. Department of Education, 2010). These new tests will replace assessments in English language arts and mathematics that are currently in use within state and federal accountability systems in grades 3-8 and high school. They will measure individual student growth toward college and career readiness and provide data that can inform decisions regarding teaching and learning, program improvement, and educator effectiveness. The systems will be ready for use in the 2014-15 school year--about two years from now. Why did the U.S. Department of Education fund the development of two different systems--the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced)? Certainly both groups submitted high-quality proposals. Some observers predicted that at least two consortia would receive funds to allay fears of a "national assessment" and of usurpation of local control over the curriculum. Whatever the reason, the two systems offer unique attributes and are working together to bring about substantive advances in K-12 testing, scoring, and reporting. This article discusses how these two Common Core assessment consortia were created--and how they compare. (Contains 1 figure and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States