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The Comprehensive Assessment Consortia: A Progress Update


Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., PhD, Executive Director, Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS; Former Superintendent, Austin Independent School District (Texas)
Sue Gendron, Policy Advisor, SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Laura Slover, Senior Vice President, Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Two state consortia—Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium—are hard at work putting ambitious designs in place for new assessment systems. What have they developed so far? What changes have they made to their original designs? What are their plans for developing support for districts and states to make the transition to the new assessments?

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS (K–12 Center) held a webinar on September 13 from to consider the consortia’s plans. Leaders of the two consortia provided an update on their activities, and a former state and district superintendent, Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., and a former governor, Bob Wise, placed the consortia’s work in a policy context.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

Created by Educational Testing Service (ETS) to forward a larger social mission, the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS has been given the directive to serve as a catalyst and resource for the improvement of measurement and data systems to enhance student achievement.

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