Common Core standards have resulted in uniform expectations of what students across the country must know and be able to do. Therefore, this collective knowledge opens the unique opportunity to assess students’ knowledge in relation to other students across the country. In addition, this will allow professionals to share their input and experience in order to further develop the assessments. There are two emerging assessment tools that gauge student learning according to common core standards.
PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
PARCC has been adopted by approximately 12 states and offers a set of assessments for the subjects of Math and English. These assessments are designed to establish a route to secondary education and career readiness by the end of student’s high school careers. Key components to this assessment method are:
- Diagnostic assessments are given at the start of every school year
- Mid-term student assessment predictive of their probable performance by year’s end
- Last quarter performance based assessments are given
- Summative assessments at the end of the school year.
SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)
The SBAC has been adopted by approximately 18 states. This assessment is designed to support instruction, provide accurate information on student knowledge and skills. Additionally, it is intended to measure student achievement against standards established to ensure students gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and the workplace.
Much like PARCC, SBAC has a few key components:
- During the final 12 weeks of school a computer-adaptive summative assessment is given
- Interim assessments are utilized as predictive performance indicators and to provide student feedback on their progress.
- Formative assessment resources to assist teachers in identifying and address student needs in reference to the Common Core Standards.