As states ponder the cost of PARCC and Smarter Balanced Common Core Assessments, and both PARCC and Smarter Balanced continue to release practice tests and final versions of modifications and accommodations, some educators are left wondering: What testing environment should I prepare for in the fall of 2014?
Who's Still 'In'
Georgia and Indiana have recently announced that they are withdrawing from the PARCC consortium. Florida might follow soon.
But there are still 13 states and D.C. that are still committed to PARCC. And educators in those states are rushing to determine how they will be ready for field testing in 2014.
Here's the list of who's still 'in':
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
What Do We Prepare For?
Educators in these states know that they will have to deal with the realities of PARCC testing in about a year. So what is keeping educators up at night? Here are some things we hear from teachers and administrators:
- An electronic device is available to each individual student
- Each electronic device meets the minimum requirements
- Schools tech Infrastructure can support tests and technology
- Efforts were made to foster student and staff digital literacy
- Educators and staff know scope of learning accommodations
Click here for our full Common Core Assessment readiness checklist.
This is an interesting time in the world of assessment. As policymakers make decisions about the future of testing in their state, educators continue to try and find solutions that work for their students.