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Common Core State Standards Assessment Resources

The following are Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources that focus on Assessment.

Webinar Archive—Assessing the CCSS: An Introduction to the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
The 31-state SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium was awarded a four-year $160 million Race to the Top assessment grant by the U.S. Department of Education to develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic standards. In this webinar hosted by Education Northwest, participants heard from Dr. Joe Willhoft, assistant superintendent of Assessment and Student Information for Washington state and one of the leaders in the SBAC.

Aligning Assessments with the Common Core Standards [PDF]
This chapter from Achieve’s On the Road to Implementation discusses that just as states will need to modify or create new curriculum frameworks and instructional materials to match the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they will also need to significantly alter their assessments to ensure alignment with the CCSS.

Coming Together To Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards [PDF]
This guide by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS provides in-depth descriptions of the two assessment consortia—the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). While PARCC approved the information regarding its assessment system, the information in the guide regarding the SBAC assessment system was developed by ETS and has not been formally approved by the SBAC.

Formative Assessment and Next_Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?
This Council of Chief State Officers released a report arguing that we are at risk of losing the promise that formative assessment holds for teaching and learning. The core problem lies in the false, but nonetheless widespread, assumption that formative assessment is a particular kind of measurement instrument, rather than a process that is fundamental and indigenous to the practice of teaching and learning. This distinction is critical, not only for understanding how formative assessment functions, but also for realizing its promise for our students and our society.

Preparing To Implement Next Generation Assessments [PDF]
In their fifth issue of the policy primer BluePrint, the Hunt Institute reports on the findings and discussions from the workshop series Best Practices for Student Assessment. The report suggests what can be expected from the assessment consortia, and offers several ideas states can utilize to prepare for the changes that will result from this work.

Race to the Top Assessments: Common Core Standards and Their Impact on Student Testing
On October 28, 2010, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion of experts focusing on implementation challenges and how common core standards adopted by states and the District of Columbia will be incorporated into this latest generation of student testing.

CCSSO Webinar on Findings From Content Analysis of the Common Core State Standards [PPT]
In summer 2010, the Council of Chief State School Officers convened 35 specialists in math and English language arts to conduct a content analysis of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using the content frameworks and methodology of the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC). All grade levels (K–12) of the CCSS were included in the analysis process and the results are now posted and available for review.

Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Twenty-six states have joined together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC or Partnership). The goal is to create an assessment system that will help states dramatically increase the number of students who graduate high school ready for college and careers and provide students, parents, teachers, and policymakers with the tools they need to help students—from grade 3–12—stay on track to graduate prepared.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a collection of 31 states that have been working collaboratively since December 2009 to develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic content standards to apply for a Race to the Top (RttT) Assessment grant. On the September 2, 2010, the SBAC was awarded a four-year, $160 million RttT grant by the U.S. Department of Education to develop a student assessment system aligned to the CCSS.

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