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New Guide on Development of Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

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April 17, 2012 02:26 pm


new guideThe K-12 Center at ETS released this month an updated guide on the assessments for the Common Core State Standards. Coming Together to Raise Achievement is a very useful guide that provides a range of information and insights into the work being done by the five federally funded State Assessment Consortia.

The two comprehensive assessment consortia, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) are the ones most of us policymakers know best. But also included in the guide are the two alternative assessment consortia, the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)  consortium and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) consortium; and Assessment Services Supporting English Learners through Technology Systems (ASSETS), an English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment Consortium.

The guide provides a general overview of the standards and assessments, describes what it means for states that are part of the consortia, and describes the progress and activities of all five of the federally funded state assessment consortia and then reflects on the opportunities ahead for this important work.

It is hard to underestimate the importance of this work in the field of K-12 assessment. The K-12 Center has provided an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know more or stay updated on the development of these new assessments.

The Alliance has also done its part to keep everyone updated on the progress of the assessment consortia. Senior Fellow Bob Rothman has hosted three webinars featuring the leaders of PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and the two alternative assessment consortia and authored a policy brief on assessments for deeper learning. You can read the policy brief here. Archived video from consortia webinars can be found below:

WEBINAR March 1: The Comprehensive Assessment Consortia

BRIEFING October 18: Something in Common:The Common Core Standards and the Next Chapter in American Education

WEBINAR September 13: The Comprehensive Assessment Consortia: A Progress Update



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