Yesterday, I spent the day learning more about the work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC).
From their website:
Combined with the other consortium — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — this represents a $330 million dollar investment in next generation assessments.
“The [PARCC and SBAC] assessment will determine the extent to which students have mastered the core competencies in Common Core State Standards identified by postsecondary education faculty as key to success in entry-level, credit-bearing courses in English and mathematics. It will then signal placement into “General Education types” of English (101) and College Algebra if the student is college ready.”
This project will impact students all across this country and fundamentally change how we measure “college readiness,” but my fear is that postsecondary educators are not currently engaged at a level that they need to be. Both consortia have robust plans in place for engagement, but more engagement can always help.