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I attended the NWEA Fusion Conference in Portland, Oregon this past week, and the first observation I can make is that summer in Portland is quite pleasant, especially when we were experiencing 100+ degree temperatures at home in Austin. Once the novelty of great weather wore off, I was treated to some of the best [...]
As many schools across the nation begin to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the next question for many educators is, “How will these standards be assessed?” The answer to this question is, of course, complicated and still developing, so I wanted to provide a quick guide to some relevant information about the current developments in CCSS assessments. An understanding of the development of these assessments will allow schools to transition more effectively to the Common Core State Standards from the beginning, because they can focus on the key aspects of the standards and prepare for the innovative ways the standards will be assessed.
CCSS Assessment Consortia
There are two comprehensive assessment groups that have been awarded Race to the Top funds to develop CCSS assessments: the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced).
In addition, three groups will develop assessments for special populations. Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) are both working on alternative assessments, and the Assessment Services Supporting English Learners through Technology Systems (ASSETS) Consortium will develop an assessment for English-language proficiency.