Higher Education to Help Develop Assessments

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Higher Education to Help Develop and Implement New Assessments

Committee will work closely with K-12 community

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 29, 2011 - Higher education leaders from across the country will serve on a committee that will help guarantee that the next generation of K-12assessments are true indicators of college and career readiness.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has named the Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR), a group of higher education experts from more than 20 states and education associations. The ACCR will help develop assessments that will be accepted as an indicator that a student is ready for first-year, credit-bearing college work. The members of ACCR were invited to participate by the PARCC Governing Board.

"The PARCC Governing Board has made a commitment to work with a broad group of stakeholders in the development of high-quality assessments that provide meaningful information about student performance and readiness," said Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and chair of the PARCC Governing Board. "The higher education community will play a vitally important role in this project and we welcome their partnership."

PARCC is a consortium of 24 states that are working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are anchored in the college- and career-ready Common Core State Standards. Each of the 15 states on the PARCC Governing Board will have a representative on the ACCR. Three additional members come from the nine remaining PARCC participating states. The remaining members will come from the national higher education community. The members also represent different areas of higher education, including two-year, four-year and technical colleges, as well as historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.

"The ultimate goal of the PARCC initiative is to ensure that students are ready for college-level work after high school graduation," said Allison G. Jones, Senior Fellow for Postsecondary Engagement at Achieve, which is serving as the project manager for PARCC. "In order to meet that goal, the higher education community will continue to be an active partner in the development and implementation of the college- and career-ready assessment. The Advisory Committee on College Readiness will help lead us in that important work."

The ACCR will address and provide input on four key college and career readiness policy issues:

1. The design of the high school assessments that will be used to make college- and career-ready determinations;

2. The priority content and standards to be assessed;

3. The name and definition of the performance level that will indicate college and career readiness and the process that will be used to determine scores that indicate that level; and

4. Determining the college- and career-ready cut score. The members of the Advisory Committee on College Readiness are:

GOVERNING BOARD STATE REPRESENTATIVES

- Thomas Anderes, President, Arizona Board of Regents

- Senator Shane Broadway, Interim Director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education

- Ray M. DiPasquale, Rhode Island Commissioner for Higher Education; President, Community College of Rhode Island

- Dr. Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

- Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City University of New York

- Rochelle Hendricks, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, New Jersey

- Dr. Carl Hite, President, Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee

- Dr. Michael J. Hogan, President, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

- Dr. Ron Jackson, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia

- Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor, Oklahoma State System

- Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

- Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

- Joe H. Pickens, J.D., President, St. John’s River State College, Florida

- Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, President, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

- Dr. Allen Sessoms, President, University of the District of Columbia

PARTICIPATING STATE REPRESENTATIVES

- Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

- Joseph Garcia, Lt. Governor of Colorado; Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education

- Dr. Robert L. King, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS AND LEADERS

- Dr. James H. Ammons, President, Florida A & M University

- Molly Broad, President, American Council on Education

- Dr. Richard Duran, President, Oxnard College, Ventura County Community College District, Oxnard, California

- Dr. Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

- Stan Jones, President, Complete College America

- Dr. Paul E. Lingenfelter, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers

- Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, the California State University

- Dr. Carol Geary Schneider, President, American Association of Colleges & Universities  

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ABOUT PARCC

PARCC is an alliance of states working together to develop common assessments serving nearly 25 million students. PARCC’s work is funded through a four-year, $185 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Partners include about 200 highereducation institutions and systems representing hundreds of campuses across the country that will help develop the high school component of the new assessment and then put it to good use as an indicator of student readiness. PARCC is led by its member states and managed by Achieve, a nonprofit group with a 15-year track record of working with states to improve student achievement by aligning K-12 education policies with the expectations of employers and the postsecondary community. PARCC’s ultimate goal is to make sure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready. For more information see www.parcconline.org.