Two Versions of 'Common' Test Eyed by State Consortium
State consortium to offer long, short versions of test
An unprecedented assessment project involving half the states is planning a significant shift: Instead of designing one test for all of them, it will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version. The pivot came in response to some states’ resistance to spending more time and money on testing for the common standards.
The plan under discussion here last week among state education chiefs of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium represents the collision of hope and reality, as states confront what is politically and fiscally palatable and figure out how that squares with the more in-depth—and potentially more valuable—approach to testing promised by the consortium.
“There is the dream, and there’s real life,” said one state assessment director attending the meeting. “We’re trying to bridge the two...
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