In the 2014-2015 school year, states will be implementing a new generation of common statewide standardized assessments. These assessments were developed as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative to evaluate students based on a new set of rigorous standards in English Language Arts and mathematics.
As part of the CCSSI agreement, states that have formally adopted the Common Core Standards will implement a new assessment system developed by one of two multi-state assessment consortia: the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC). States are also considering additional alternative assessment systems to accommodate students with significant cognitive disabilities or students that are English language learners. Each assessment consortia has developed a unique assessment system to achieve the common goals of producing reliable and relevant student data that will help support and inform the transition to the Common Core in the states and ensure that students are college and career ready.
To read more about the Common Core State Standards initiative, the next generation or assessments, and related policy questions, please view the full brief here.