Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

February 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States


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In 2015, nearly 13 million schoolchildren across the country took a brand new “next generation” assessment: PARCC, Smarter Balanced, or ACT Aspire. These tests promised parents, teachers, and community members a better understanding of their students’ preparedness for college and career.

But do they assess rigorous and high-quality content? Are they capable of giving stakeholders a more honest understanding of student performance? And, now that they’re in use, what next steps should policymakers concerned about college and career readiness take?

Over the last year, we at Fordham have worked to deliver these answers by commissioning practitioners, content and assessment experts to review secure test items provided by the four test vendors for grades five and eight. Our resulting study, Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments, reviews three multi-state tests (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and the best-in-class of previous state assessments, Massachusetts’ state exam (MCAS). The evaluation assesses these tests’ fidelity to the CCSSO’s Criteria for High-Quality Assessments, the foundation of which is adherence to college and career-readiness standards—including, of course, the Common Core.

 

 

PRESENTER

    Morgan Polikoff
    Assistant Professor of Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
     @mpolikoff

PANELISTS

      Sara Heyburn
      Executive Director, Tennessee State Board of Education
       @HeyburnEd
      Mitchell Chester
      Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
       @MASchoolsK12
        Chris Minnich
        Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
         @minnichc

MODERATOR

Michael Petrilli
President,Thomas B. Fordham Institute
 @MichaelPetrilli