Tag Archives: Smarter Balanced assessment

Shares of The Testing Market

Shares of The Testing Market

By Adrienne Hu Testing is costly. Test development as well as test administration will cost states and the federal government millions and even billions of dollar over years (ref. here). The two big common core test consortia – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium–… Read More »

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

Opt Out Movement’s Influence on Decisions in Education Marketplace

By Rachel White As states adopt new standardized assessments that align with newly adopted college- and career-ready standards (e.g., Common Core and state-supplemented iterations thereof), parents are refusing to let their children partake in the test. At one high school in Seattle, Washington, not a single 11th grade student showed up to take the SBAC… Read More »

M-STEP: Michigan’s New Assessment System

M-STEP: Michigan’s New Assessment System

By Jason Burns On November 13, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced a new statewide assessment system, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. M-STEP was developed in response to state legislation in June of this year that required MDE to abandon its plan to use assessments developed by the Smarted… Read More »

Multiplicity in Visions of K-12 Assessment

Multiplicity in Visions of K-12 Assessment

By Adrienne Hu On October 20th, Education Week hosted a webinar titled “What’s Next in K-12 Assessment?” featuring Randy Bennett and Daniel Hickey. Both experts shared their views on the current status and future of assessment (see here for the slideshow). Two prominent themes ran throughout the webinar: 1) assessment systems are intertwined with curriculum… Read More »

Michigan Moves Ahead on the Common Core

By Sarah Galey After a vote by the Michigan State Senate last week, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is resuming work on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Even though the language passed by the Senate does not exactly match the House version, State Superintent Mike Flannagan gave MDE the “go ahead” to continue… Read More »

The Un-Common Core Test

By Sarah Galey State superintendents across the country, including Michigan’s Mike Flanagan, are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, states’ federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers and Race to the Top (RttT) funding are wrapped up in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Moreover, states began… Read More »

The Core of the Debate

The Core of the Debate

By Sarah Galey A recent debate, “Embrace the Common Core?” hosted by Intelligence Squared, featured some of the nation’s top experts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Oxford-style “2 vs. 2” debate show included comments on topics such as whether or not the CCSS are actually right for kids and the rationale behind… Read More »

Michigan: Last-Minute Assessment Change

Michigan: Last-Minute Assessment Change

By Adrienne Hu Several states are taking some surprising actions with regard to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2014, including Michigan. Despite Michigan’s adoption and early implementation of the CCSS, it is still not ready to get on board with the Smarter Balanced assessment. Last-Minute Withdrawal from Smarter Balanced Michigan is a full… Read More »