Learning from Instructional Rounds
PARCC Releases Initial Set of Test Items and Task Prototypes
State Assessments Announced
The New Jersey Department of Education has issued the testing windows for the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA); New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT); Alternative High School Assessment (ASHA); Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA); and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - August 6, 2012. Please click the link above to view the announcement.
Professional Learning Communities
July 2012 - NJ made the news again for its professional learning policies in the Phase IV Stanford Report. Dan Mindich, who was a primary author of the last report with Linda Darling Hammond, wrote the new report on the PLC Lab schools. The standards, the DOE, the PTSB and the PD partnership are all a part of the report. The whole report is about New Jersey. It can be accessed here - http://www.learningforward.org/news/2012Phase4Report.pdf
Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards
July 2011 (Prior version February 2011)
This guide, developed by the K–12 Center at ETS, will answer many of the questions you may have concerning the standards. It will also provide a more in-depth description of the two assessment Consortia, The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
The updated guide also contains summaries of the designs of the two Consortia assessment systems, including the recent changes to the PARCC design, as well as both of the Consortia's plans for supporting states and districts as they transition to the Common Core State Standards.
The information provided within the guide regarding the PARCC assessment system has been approved by the Consortium. The information provided within the guide regarding the SBAC assessment system was developed by the K–12 Center and has not been formally approved by the Consortium.
The PARCC Partnership will begin field testing the new assessments in the 2012-2013 school year, with full operational administration scheduled to begin in 2014-15. This is an aggressive timeline that will require a strategy that draws on state policymakers, district and school officials, and classroom teachers to ensure a successful and efficient implementation and transition.
2010-11 School Year: Launch and design phase
2011-12 School Year: Development begins
2012-13 School Year: Early pilot/field testing and related research and data collection
2013-14 School Year: Expanded year pilot/field testing and related research and data collection
2014-15 School Year: Full operational administration of PARCC assessments
Summer 2015: Set achievement levels, including college-ready performance levels
Model Curriculum Timeline