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On the Road to Assessing Deeper Learning: The Status of Smarter Balanced and PARCC Assessment

CRESST released a report describing the evidence centered design framework guiding assessment development for both Smarter Balanced and PARCC as well as each consortia’s plans for system development and validation. The report also provides an initial evaluation of the status of deeper learning represented in both consortia’s plans. The report indicates that PARCC and Smarter Balanced summative assessments are likely to represent important goals for deeper learning, particularly those related to mastering and being able to apply core academic content and cognitive strategies related to complex thinking, communication, and problem solving. At the same time, the report points to the technical, fiscal, and political challenges that the consortia face in bringing their plans to fruition.

January/February 2013