As part of the economic stimulus package of 2009, the federal government invested $350 million into the development of new assessments aligned to the common core state standards to replace the traditional pencil and paper exams annually given to students in selected grades. Known as the ‘next generation assessments’, these assessments will be far different from the current system in significant ways, including in their frequency given and use of technology.
Federal funding has been split between two consortia of states that have banded together to create these new assessments. One of the consortia – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which consists of 23 states – released its first set of item and task prototypes earlier this week in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. This unveiling gives educators and the public a look at what the future of assessments may look like. To view, click here.
For years, CEC has contended that current standardized assessments were not designed to consider the needs of students with disabilities. While it still remains unknown exactly what the next generation of assessments will hold, CEC has participated in many conversations with PARCC and SMARTER Balanced Consortia – which consists of 23 states -- to ensure the needs of students with disabilities and the accommodations they use are considered in the design stages of the assessments.
The next generation assessments are to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015. Share your feedback about these new assessments by posting to this blog or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .