Thursday, November 12, 2015
PARCC governing board announces new, flexible model to meet needs of more states
States that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are expanding their offering in to allow more states to participate in the nations premiere assessment system.
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, speaking on behalf of the PARCC Governing Board said, “The states worked together to develop the highest-quality test the country has ever had. We now want to ensure that as many educators and students as possible can benefit from the work we’ve done.”
Collectively, the Partnership states announced that for the 2016-2017 school year, states will be given new options for accessing high quality testing items. Specifically, today’s announcement includes a new tiered system of product offerings that includes:
- The current complete PARCC offering delivered on the Pearson technology platform; this option includes states’ ability to customize the test and add state developed items;
- The PARCC test blueprint and content, but with the ability for states —seperately or jointly—to select their own vendor to administer the test while maintaining rigorous comparability;
- Test items available in blocks providing states the ability to design their own tests utilizing sets of PARCC questions in order to maintain the ability to make state comparisons across those item blocks. In this option, states may choose their own vendor but would need to adhere to agreed-to guidelines on test administration.
- A freestanding item bank, providing states (or vendors bidding for state contracts) the ability to license individual or sets of test items.
"Since 2010, we have worked with states to build the highest quality assessment available - one that allows them to compare results, while giving students - regardless of where they live - the opportunity to learn rigorous content and be prepared to succeed in college and careers,” said Laura Slover, CEO of Parcc Inc.
“The Partnership has completed the development of the assessment, reached the end of the federal Race to the Top grant, and concluded a successful first administration of the assessment to 5 million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. We are seeing renewed interest in joining the Partnership among new states and agencies.
“We are ready to meet the growing demand for high quality assessments by providing different tiers of participation and opportunities for customization. We look forward to supporting states during this expansion as we collectively work to make the highest quality assessments available to more students than ever before.”
This tiered approach responds to the immediate needs of all states as they enter their next procurement cycle.
Update, Feb. 9, 2016: See also, "State Education Officers Vote to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States."