Introduction to Next Generation Assessments

National Assessment Consortia

There are two groups working to develop next generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness:  Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).   These consortia were awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards by the 2014-15 school year.

After exploring the next generation assessments web sites linked below, you'll be asked to reflect upon and respond to the following:

  • What impact does the timeline have on your students and instructional practices?
  • List at least three (3) issues or ideas you read about that were new knowledge for you.

Visit: Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium Website
Visit: Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness Website