Assessment Big Things You Need to Know Now About the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Tests
A lot has changed with the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests since they were first launched in 2015. Here's what you need to know to stay current.
Catherine Gewertz, January 17, 2019
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Assessment New Setback for PARCC as Another State Abandons Test
New Mexico’s defection from the PARCC test set off another round of speculation that the exam will become extinct, but PARCC’s overseers have other plans.
Catherine Gewertz, January 14, 2019
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Assessment New Mexico Governor Signs Order to Dump PARCC Tests
On her third day in office, Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham fulfills a campaign promise by signing an executive order to dump the PARCC test.
Catherine Gewertz, January 3, 2019
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Reading & Literacy PARCC Sets the Tougher Bar Among Shared Tests, Study Shows
The PARCC test is harder than some of its competitors, but nearly all states have raised the bar on tests in recent years.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 31, 2018
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Standards PARCC Common-Core Test Gets Federal Approval
The new decision by the U.S. Department of Education conveys unconditional approval of the PARCC test as a measurement of Maryland's standards. But that finding doesn't yet apply to its use in other states.
Catherine Gewertz, January 23, 2018
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Assessment Colorado to Downsize PARCC Testing
Colorado will no longer administer the full PARCC exam to students.
Catherine Gewertz, June 15, 2017
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Standards News in Brief PARCC, Smarter Balanced Choose New Management
The PARCC consortium has chosen a new nonprofit to manage the business of maintaining and administering its test: New Meridian Corp., a brand-new organization led by people from various strands of the assessment world.
Catherine Gewertz, May 9, 2017
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Assessment PARCC and Smarter Balanced Choose New Management
The PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia are adopting new managers to oversee their work in a changing testing landscape.
Catherine Gewertz, April 28, 2017
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Assessment Rhode Island to Dump PARCC, Use Massachusetts Test Instead
Rhode Island becomes the latest state to abandon the PARCC exam. It will use the test designed by its neighbor, Massachusetts, instead.
Catherine Gewertz, April 14, 2017
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Assessment PARCC Undertakes a Major Restructuring (Again)
The PARCC assessment consortium remakes itself once more, making it easier for states to buy its test content, a move designed to share what it sees as a superior assessment and ensure its long-term survival.
Catherine Gewertz, December 14, 2016
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Standards Who Will Run PARCC and How?
Responses to PARCC's "request for information" reflect a lot of soul-searching about how PARCC will survive, and in what form.
Catherine Gewertz, August 10, 2016
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Assessment Opinion Testing On Devices Ensures Inequity
In a day and age where the public perception of teachers, schools, and school districts is tied more closely than ever to the results of state tests, we cannot afford unknown variables contributing to the final judgment.
Patrick Larkin, July 29, 2016
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Assessment PARCC Continues to Fade at the High School Level
Rhode Island and Illinois follow a national trend that shows states increasingly dropping PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments in high school, and using them predominantly in elementary and middle school.
Catherine Gewertz, July 26, 2016
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Education For High School Exams, Illinois Dumps PARCC in Favor of SAT
Illinois joins several other states that have exchanged high school tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards for a college-entrance exam.
Daarel Burnette II, July 12, 2016
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