State officials said they are seeking comparable assessments that would meet federal requirements and provide results in a timely manner to allow educators time to adjust instruction, which was the primary complaint many educators had against PARCC
None of 14% the Above Smarter 43% Balanced/SBAC PARCC
42% For the 2015-16 School Year None of 57% the Above Smarter 29% Balanced/SBAC PARCC
14% Source: Authors' calculations from the Common Core Implementation Survey.
As the PARCC
guidelines state, "Minimum bandwidth requirements .
required all member states to use the same test vendor (Pearson) to implement the assessments, while SBAC allowed its members to choose their own.
Pearson Education, the textbook and test giant, writes the PARCC
However, ACT and PARCC
(2) content is different than curricular or subject-area content, which then means that these assessments are targeting something other than the specific content delivered to students in classrooms (with the exception of direct assessment preparation, though this does not fall under the umbrella of a discipline or of course content in schools).
Completely eradicating the Common Core but keeping the PARCC
"doesn't make a ton of sense," said Plucker.
First of all, virtually the same is true of the PARCC
assessments, which are administered in fewer than 10 states.
For more information about the two common assessment consortia, please visit PARCC
The groups have similar goals for the long term, but PARCC
, whose assessments won't even be fully computerized until 2016, is less ambitious and more practical in the short term.
SBAC and PARCC
are collaborating this summer to do a survey of school readiness.
will test students' ability to read complex text, complete research projects, excel at classroom speaking and listening assignments, and work with digital media.