As we all begin the transition to the CCSS, we also have to look at the assessment that measures the work we will be doing. Any good body of education, whether it is at the state, district, school or the classroom level should always look at the goals they want to achieve before they design the assessment. However if the assessment is already designed for us then the next best thing to doin order to guide the work they do.
To do this work well we must apply a "backwards design" method. Since we will have the assessments created for us by PARCC or SBAC, we will already have the destination chosen and then we need to design the road map to plan the trip to the desired destination. Therefore what are we doing right now to plan and prepare ourselves and our students for the work that lies ahead. A much more rigorous assessment lies in store for all of us in PARCC and SBAC.
Following is a description and the link to both the SBAC and PARCC:
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.(parcconline.org)
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we discuss what we have done and what we plan to do to better prepare for the work that lies ahead.
Don Miller -