States worried about Common Core tests

States, superintendents nervous about Common Core pass rates

states-testsA new study highlights an interesting trend happening in states across the country: backtracking on Common Core State Standards (CCSS). States say issues with development, as well as worries about students’ pass rates, are making implementing Common Core tests difficult.

The report “Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States Prepare for the Common Core Assessments,” is based on a survey of state deputy superintendents in 40 of the 46 states that have adopted the CCSS in math or English/language arts or both subjects, and was conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP).

Though CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson explained that “most of the states we surveyed have positive feelings about the new and unique features of the consortia-developed assessments,” about a quarter of the states surveyed are not currently changing their tests to better align them with the new Common Core Standards.

CCSS assessments have been developed by two major consortia—the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium—and, so far, superintendents in 30 states say these tests will “do a better job of measuring higher-order analytical and performance skills than their current state tests.”

However, 17 survey states are considering using other Common Core-aligned assessments in addition to, or instead of, PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests, including three states that do not belong to either consortia and 14 that were members of one or both consortia at the time of the survey.

(Next page: States say pass rates causing worry)

Meris Stansbury

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