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Consortia begin to work on new assessments projects that will be unveiled in 2014

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 16:19 PM

Many educators are concerned that new assessments for common core academic subjects may outrun a state's budget and technology, Education Week reports.

The 25-state Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and the 26-state Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) recently discussed new common standards for college and career readiness at the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Both consortia received grants through the federal government's Race to the Top Assessment competition that was created in a economic-stimulus law to develop new tests based on the common standards.

The amount of innovation we will be able to carry off in that amount of time is not going to be that much,” Joseph Willhoft, the executive director of the SMARTER Balanced Consortium, told the news source. “There is an expectation that out of the gate this [assessment] is going to be so game-changing, and maybe after four or five years it will be game-changing, but not immediately."

PARCC plans to train thousands of teachers both in how the assessments will work and how the resulting data can be used for accountability or classroom instruction.