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New Jersey partners with national group to develop new standardized exams
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011 15:11 PM

Many schools are using standardized testing to help identify where they need to focus and improve their educational efforts. To help them in this endeavor, states are partnering with national groups to help develop the next generation of exams.

New Jersey is the latest state to team up with a national group to develop a new standardized test, NJSpotlight.com reports. The state also announced an agreement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to be a governing board member of the assessment effort.

"They will now be helping make the decision to the design and content of the next test," said Sandra Boyd, Achieve’s vice president for communications. "They will be taking an active part."

The new PARCC model is considered more structured than the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) model in requiring a series of "through-course" assessments over the span of the year. The results of those assessments would go into a single score at the end of the year.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the PARCC and SBAC received nearly $330 million collectively as part of the Race to the Top competition.



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