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March 2014 | Volume 71 | Number 6
Using Assessments Thoughtfully
Feeling anxious about the impending arrival of the new standardized tests? Here are the basics.
It's spring 2014, and the two Common Core assessment consortia are field-testing their new English language arts and mathematics tests. Soon, these will be the tests used to measure student, school, and state performance on the Common Core State Standards, so questions and concerns abound. In this brief article, I'll address three of the most commonly raised questions about these assessments.
The summative assessments developed by the two assessment consortia—the Partnership for Assessment of Readi-ness for College and Career (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium—will be field-tested by some schools in spring 2014. But the first time all students in consortia member states will be required to take these tests for accountability purposes will be the 2014–15 school year.
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