New Era of Student Testing

Changes to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development will need to occur as a result of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California. The resources provided below will support district and school site staff as they begin to explore the assessment implications of the Common Core State Standards.

SMARTER-Balanced Assessment Consortium

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is one of two multi-state collaborative groups that received Race-to-the-Top grants to develop student assessments aligned to the common core standards. In June 2011, California joined the SBAC in a governing role, providing the state with a vote in fiscal and policy decisions as well as the opportunity to participate in work groups developing various components of the new assessment system.

Next Generation Assessment

The new assessments being developed to measure student mastery of the common core state standards are expected to utilize computer-based technologies as well as encompass multiple item delivery and response formats. This includes computer-adaptive methodology, and both selected and constructed-response items that can explore greater breadth and depth of student understanding and thinking.

PARCC Assessment Information

Twenty-four states have joined together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC or Partnership). The goal is to create an assessment system and supporting tools that will help states dramatically increase the number of students who graduate high school ready for college and careers and provide students, parents, teachers and policymakers with the tools they need to help students – from grade three through high school – stay on track to graduate prepared. The Partnership will also develop formative tools for grades K-2.

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