Consortia/Parternship Links

Assessment Consortia of States

Developing New Generation Assessment Systems

Assessment Grants - Overview

 USED awarded 4-year cooperative agreements for two consortia of states

o Develop a new generation of assessment systems that can be used for federal accountability

  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards - mathematics and English language arts
  • Collaborate with higher education to measure college and career readiness
  • Measure Achievement and Growth, with vertical articulation
  • Implement in 2014-15

o Lead states:

  • Florida: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC)

·   26 member states

·   Awarded $185,900,000

  • State of Washington: SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

·   31 member states

·   Awarded $175,849,539

o South Carolina is currently a member of both consortia

  • Common across states within each consortia (possibly across consortia):

o Achievement Standards (cut scores) and Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)

o Administration procedures

o Item release policies

o Test security procedures

o Definition of English language learners (ELL)

o Policies and procedures for testing ELL and students with disabilities

o Accommodations and customized materials






Pilot some assessment components

 Pilot test


Field test

 Field test


 Field test

 State must commit exclusively to continue membership and to receive funds to participate in the 2013-14 field test

 Full system field test


Adopt common achievement standards

Implement assessment system

Adopt common achievement standards

 Implement assessment system (paper and pencil option (not adaptive) available

 Field test

Helpful Links for Consortia:

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers


The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium 

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