PARCC Selects New Meridian Corporation to Implement Innovative New Approach for Next Phase of Assessment System

Contact: Patience Peabody
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC
202-654-6120
governingboard.info@dc.gov

PARCC Selects New Meridian Corporation to Implement Innovative New Approach for Next Phase of Assessment System

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2017) – The state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) embark on a new approach for the assessment system with the selection of New Meridian Corporation, a nonprofit education organization, as the Management Vendor. This represents a significant step in a multi-year process undertaken by the Governing Board to respond to the desires of states for greater flexibility and additional options for accessing high-quality tests and testing items. It’s an important milestone in the evolution of the summative assessment system by this group of state leaders who are committed to providing an exceptional quality of test content to as many students as possible.

New Meridian will implement and manage a new approach for the assessment system, including a tiered licensing structure, that allows all states to continue to create high-quality assessments and content collaboratively, while offering greater flexibility and increased access to that content for any state seeking to strengthen its summative assessment. An Intent to Award was issued following a Request for Proposal process.

In November of 2015, the Governing Board announced new offering of a tiered system for states to access high-quality summative content, followed by a Request for Information process in early 2016 to gather input from stakeholders on the new model. The Request for Proposals was released in December 2016 and led by the state of Rhode Island, on behalf of the Governing Board. New Meridian will begin work in July 2017.

Hanseul Kang, State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia stated, “We have achieved our goal of engaging in an RFP process to transparently seek and fairly evaluate potential vendors for the next phase of the PARCC assessment. We look forward to working with New Meridian to ensure sustainability of the assessment system with more options and increased flexibility in the future.”

New Meridian envisions “a nation in which every student develops the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex, dynamically changing world.” Arthur VanderVeen, Ph.D., President/CEO of New Meridian, is partnering with the PARCC affiliate states due to his “longstanding belief in PARCC’s mission to measure deeply the skills that matters for students’ success in college and career.” New Meridian’s Board and executive team have deep experience in operational assessment management and policy and program design for increasing students’ college and career readiness. New Meridian has partnered with experienced entities to deliver on the requirements of the new model, including Pearson, the National Center for the Improvement of Assessment, the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), and Odell Education.

Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, speaking on behalf of the PARCC Governing Board, said “We’ve talked about creating more access and flexibility for states and are delivering on that promise. The Governing Board will work with New Meridian to implement the new approach and ensure the needs of individual states are met. The selection of New Meridian represents an important step for the PARCC assessment system as it evolves for the future.”

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states and this process will not disrupt the administration of the PARCC test in the coming weeks or in the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.

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State Education Officers Release RFP to Select Vendor for Next Phase of PARCC

State Education Officers Vote to Move Forward with a Request for Proposal

Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Request for Information

Audio From February 15th Governing Board RFI Open Forum

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)  (PDF)

State Education Officers Vote to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States

State Education Officers Introduce New Testing Options for More States

PARCC Governing Board Announces New, Flexible Model to Meet Needs of More States

State Education Officers Release RFP to Select Vendor for the Next Phase of PARCC

Contact: Jessie Harteis
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC
202-344-9805
governingboard.info@dc.gov

State Education Officers Release RFP to Select Vendor for the Next Phase of PARCC

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2016) – The state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a vendor to implement and manage the next phase of the high-quality PARCC assessment system. The new model, which includes the tiered licensing structure unveiled in November 2015, allows all states to continue to create high quality assessments and content collaboratively, while offering greater flexibility and increased access to that content for any state seeking to strengthen its summative assessment. The action announced today represents a collective decision by Partnership states to implement the new structure and select a vendor to manage the next phase of the work intended to begin in July 2017 upon the completion of the base term of the original Program Management and Support Contract (PMSC).

Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, speaking on behalf of the PARCC Governing Board said, “the success of the PARCC assessment has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the past six years, the PARCC consortium has grown from what was essentially a start-up into a world-class product that has been administered to 8 million students across 10 states. The implementation of the new model and approach is a natural progression to build on the success of the past while evolving to meet the needs of the future.”

In November of 2015, the Governing Board embarked on a process to respond to the demand they were hearing among states for greater options for accessing high quality tests and testing items.  The first step in that process was the consortium’s new offering of a tiered system for states to access high-quality summative content. In early 2016, the Governing Board issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders on ways to:

  1. Expand access to the highest quality content to all states;
  2. Allow states more choices and the ability to customize their test;
  3. Maintain test quality and comparability among states;
  4. Allow for state collaboration on content creation;
  5. Ensure states benefit from economies of scale;
  6. Create stability and sustainability for states in the development and delivery of high-quality assessments.

Over the last few months, feedback received as part of the RFI process has been thoroughly considered and is reflected in the model outlined in the RFP released today.

Rhode Island will lead the procurement process, on behalf of the Governing Board states, and each state will contract independently with the awarded contractor. As the lead procurement state, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will manage the procurement process on behalf of all states.  Once an intent to award is issued, individual states will independently contract with the awarded contractor with a scope of work that meets their needs.

Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Education in Rhode Island, stated, “the model outlined in the RFP provides states with access to high quality assessments, the flexibility to administer and develop testing products that meet all state’s unique circumstances. This announcement is an important step forward in advancing the availability of high quality tests while maintaining comparability.”

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states and this process will not disrupt the administration of the PARCC test in the coming weeks or in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

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State Education Officers Vote to Move Forward with a Request for Proposal

Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Request for Information

Audio From February 15th Governing Board RFI Open Forum

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)  (PDF)

State Education Officers Vote to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States

State Education Officers Introduce New Testing Options for More States

PARCC Governing Board Announces New, Flexible Model to Meet Needs of More States

State Education Officers Vote to Move Forward with a Request for Proposal

Contact: Patience B. Peabody
Director of Communications, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC
202-654-6120
Patience.Peabody@dc.gov

Vote Reaffirms Commitment to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2016) – The state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have voted to move forward with a Request for Proposal (RFP) following the release of a Request for Information (RFI) and an “open forum” this past February. The vote to move forward with an RFP is just the next step in the process in preparing for the long term future of state assessments and expanding access to high quality test content to all states.

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states and this process will not disrupt the current administration of the PARCC test or in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

“This vote is just a continuation of the process that we began last fall when we announced to make new options available for states as well as the intent to pursue a potential new structure,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education. “Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable achievement as the PARCC consortium has grown from what was essentially a start-up endeavor into a world-class product that has been administered to 5 million students across 11 states plus the District of Columbia. Our decision today is a commitment to continue to evolve and improve access to high quality test content in states.”

Last November, as the consortium unveiled new options for states to access high-quality summative content starting in the 2016-17 school year, they also announced an intent to pursue a potential new structure that would allow all states to continue to create high-quality assessment content collaboratively, while offering greater flexibility and increased access to that content for any state seeking to strengthen its summative assessment. In February, the Governing Board hosted an “open forum” and released the RFI which received a robust set of responses from both the education and testing communities.
Specifically, the RFI sought input on ways to:

  1. Expand access to the highest quality test content to all states;
  2. Allow states more choices and the ability to customize their test;
  3. Maintain test quality and comparability across states;
  4. Allow for state collaboration on content creation;
  5. Ensure states benefit from economies of scale;
  6. Create stability and sustainability for states in the development and delivery of high quality assessments.

“The new options provided for states last fall coupled with the potential for a new entity to continue the collaboration of producing the best test content will help states as they are examining a variety of educational related issues under the new Every Student Succeeds Act passed by Congress and signed into Law this past December,” said Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Illinois.

The Governing Board intends release an RFP later this summer in hopes to identify an organization(s) and/or vendor(s) to create the desired structure and provide the necessary products and services to ensure the future and sustainability of high quality testing content.

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The Governing Board intends release an RFP later this summer in hopes to identify an organization(s) and/or vendor(s) to create the desired structure and provide the necessary products and services to ensure the future and sustainability of high quality testing content.

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PARCC Governing Board RFI

GOVERNING BOARD OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)
SUBMISSIONS DUE: MARCH 11, 2016

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1. Background
Over the past five years, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium has worked collaboratively to develop a world-class assessment system supported by state-of-the-art platforms, providing teachers with unprecedented tools and resources to tailor instruction based on the results of the assessments. The test was administered this past year to five million students across 11 states plus the District of Columbia. Now, for the first time, states can compare student outcomes across borders. Additionally, parents and teachers are getting more detailed breakouts of students’ strengths and weaknesses in math and English, providing a much more accurate picture of college readiness and the path to readiness. Over the next year, the Partnership states aim to build on this solid foundation and successful record to sustain a 21st century, high-quality test focused on the skills that matter most for success in college, career, and life.
In November 2015, the Partnership states collectively announced new options for states to access high- quality summative content, starting in the 2016-17 school year. The release included a tiered system of product offerings that responds to the immediate needs of states as they enter their next procurement cycle. See Attachment A for details.
The Partnership states also announced their intent to identify a potential structure that would allow for all states to continue to create high-quality assessment content collaboratively, while offering greater flexibility and access to that content for any state seeking to strengthen its summative assessment.
2. Purpose
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather input to inform a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) that will identify an appropriate, qualified vendor(s) for providing products and services as outlined in the RFI details below.
The RFI requests respondents to provide written feedback on:

  • Sector capacity to offer some or all of the proposed components of the potential model
  • Suggested modifications to the proposed model
  • Timeline to operationalize the proposed model
  • Additional considerations to factor when refining the proposed model

Section 3 outlines a proposed model for a go-forward structure committed to expanding and enhancing the existing assessment system. The go-forward model is subject to modification upon review of all feedback provided through this RFI. Specific questions for feedback response are listed below each component of the model within Section 3. More information about response format and content can be found in section “4. Response Requirements.”
On our public forum call on Tuesday, February 16, Secretary Skandera said that responses to the RFI will be held as confidential. While responses to the RFI will not be publicly posted, they will be subject to the District of Columbia’s Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539. Please identify any sections in your response containing confidential proprietary information that could result substantial harm to your competitive position if publicly disclosed, and, if warranted, the appropriate FOIA exemptions will be applied in the event of a FOIA request.
This is a non-competitive, non-binding RFI. This RFI is issued for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. Replies to the RFI will not be considered official offers, nor will replies result in an award of services.
3. Proposed Model Design – Feedback Requested
3.1 Guiding Principles and Scope of Services
The Partnership states are seeking to identify a structure committed to expanding and enhancing the existing assessment system, ensuring that all states have access to a customizable high-quality summative test. “Structure,” for the purposes of this document, is defined as an organization or an initiative within an organization that provides content and/or services to states as a group and individually. The structure is designed to enable:

  • Stability: The new structure will provide states the ability to access and contribute high-quality test items without requiring states to formally or publicly “affiliate” with the structure;
  • Sustainability: The new structure will have the capacity to support states with content development, as well as guarantee the protection of test items from Intellectual Property misuse. Additionally, over time the structure’s business model will acquire earned income sufficient to support the operating requirements of the organization;
  • Comparability: The new structure will serve as a qualified, neutral, third-party partner with the ability to provide expertise so that states can make comparability claims; and
  • Economies of Scale: The new structure will adhere to a system that incentivizes states to contribute items to achieve economies of scale

By adhering to these guiding principles, the new structure will provide states with the ability to create a customizable, high-quality, standards-aligned assessment that remains cost-effective and flexible enough to respond to varied economic and political realities. Furthermore, through expanded access to these items, states maintain the opportunity to learn together as a community to improve the assessment content and process.

The Partnership states are seeking to create a new model that:

  1. expands access to the highest-quality test content to all states
  2. allows states more choices and the ability to customize their test
  3. maintains test quality and comparability across states
  4. allows for and enables state collaboration on content creation
  5. ensures states benefit from economies of scale
  6. creates stability and sustainability for states in the development and delivery of high quality assessments

Subject to the feedback from this RFI, the Partnership states intend to release a RFP for a structure that could provide products and services which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop high-quality, rigorous, summative content aligned to states’ college- and career-ready standards;
  • Collect, store, and manage the inventory and security of summative content (some of which will be developed by participating states) in a central Item Bank Management System;
  • Curate the quality of all summative test items to be administered in the summative exam;
  • Provide advisory services to states related to the terms and guidelines for state comparability and comparisons claims; and
  • Make such content available to states, through licensing, for secure use in their state standardized assessments

3.2 Ownership of Products and Services
The structure will serve as a neutral third party to securely hold all items previously developed by the PARCC consortium states under the Race to the Top Assessment grant, as well as items thereafter contributed to the structure’s item bank by states working individually or in collaboration. Additionally, the structure will own all summative content in the item bank to maintain continuity and stability of the content. However, each state can legally claim to own the copyright and be content co-owner of items it individually contributes to the item bank (i.e., items contributed by states would be co-owned by the structure and the individual state that developed the item).

Response Requested:

  • Please provide any feedback on the benefits and challenges to the structure owning all content created.
  • Please provide feedback on the benefits and risks associated with co-ownership of content that states independently create, as well as alternative ownership structures that effectively limit test security risk.

3.3 Development, Access, Use of Products and Services
Summative content used in testing blueprints, content blocks, and/or as individual items will be created by both the structure and states. States that contribute items to the item bank will, in return, be able to access and use a full summative form, content blocks, and/or other individual items comprised of state- created and/or state-reviewed content. All items developed individually or collaboratively by states will be quality curated by the structure prior to final inclusion in the item bank. States will be able to review and modify rejected items and resubmit them to the structure.
Response Requested:

  • Please provide feedback on the proposed model for content development, highlighting the pros and cons to a structure that invites state-led and structure-created content development.
  • Please provide feedback on the proposed model for access to and use of content – highlighting the pros and cons of a structure that allows differentiated access to and use of content based on involvement in the content development process.

3.4 Operating Model
States’ engagement with the structure and their state-procured vendors will vary based on the types of products and services they procure. The proposed operating model for the structure includes multiple pathways for states to engage with the structure, including an “association” model – one where states can visibly declare affiliation with a high-quality content curator and provider (referred to as “affiliates”).

States can choose from several potential payment and procurement options to reliably secure a contract with the structure:

  • Direct Pay: States can pay a fee to the structure for summative content and/or services related to the coordination and support of a multi-state summative assessment effort, including maintaining forums for collaboration on summative policy, design, and administration topics and sharing of best practices. These fees can be paid directly to the structure or procured through an RFP process, depending on state procurement laws.
  • Vendor Pass Through: States can procure a test administration vendor and “pass through” fees to the structure for summative content and/or services related to the coordination and support of a multi-state summative assessment effort.

Response Requested:

  • Please offer your perspective on the aspects of the proposed operational model that will increase procurement efficiency and effectiveness, as well as aspects that might present procurement challenges.
  • Please describe any recommended changes to the proposed operating model, highlighting the pros and cons of a model that allows payment “pass throughs” via a procured vendor, specifically.

3.5 Governance
The structure must enable clear, efficient, and effective decision-making processes, allowing it to execute decisions in a timely manner and sustain a high-quality test, while, at the same time, ensuring that affiliate states have a hand in shaping the test and policies around it.

The structure will solicit input from affiliate states to inform the strategic direction and key decisions related to test design, development, administration, and scoring/reporting policies and procedures. For example, while the structure’s Board of Directors will be chosen by its leadership (and key partners), affiliate states will have the opportunity to elect or nominate a small subset of the structure’s Board. For organizations with an existing Board structure, a separate governing committee or Board may be designated.

Response Requested: Please describe the aspects of the proposed governance model that seem feasible as well as any recommendations for further improvement.
3.6 Sector Capacity and Additional Considerations

Response Requested:Based on your understanding of the products, services, and operational model detailed in Section 3:

  • Please provide your perception of sector capacity to offer some or all of the proposed components of the model.
  • Please provide details related to the timeframe required to execute the proposed model.
  • Please provide any additional considerations not outlined in the RFI that should be factored when designing this model.

4. Response Requirements
4.1 RFI Responses
RFI responses may be submitted in WORD format and organized as follows:
a) Cover Letter – The respondent should provide a cover letter (limited to no more than one page in length) that includes the following information:

  • Organization
  • Contact name
  • Title
  • Phone #
  • E-mail address
  • Mailing address
  • Note: Provide additional contact persons as needed.

b) “Response Requested” Responses – The respondent should submit all responses with following information:

  • The section of the “Response Requested” prompt (e.g., 3.1 Guiding Principles and Scope of Services)
  • The prompt the response corresponds to (e.g., Please provide feedback on the Guiding Principles, including anything you feel is missing and any limitations you may be aware of based on your knowledge of the field.)
  • Response to the prompt

Responses can be submitted via email or in electronic format via mail or overnight delivery. Email responses should be sent to governingboard.info@dc.gov. E-mail submissions must be clearly labeled in the subject line with “RFI Response – <organization name>.”) Mail and overnight mail should be sent to the following address:
Governing Board c/o Maisha Hayes
Office of the State Superintendent of Education 810 First St NE, 9th fl
Washington, DC 20002
4.1 Notice of Intent
Organizations interested in responding to a potential RFP informed by the RFI responses are asked to submit an email to governingboard.info@dc.gov by March 4, 2016, 5:00 PM ET indicating their intent. E-mail submissions must be clearly labeled in the subject line with “Notice of Intent – <organization name>.”) The Notice of Intent is required of any organization that plans to respond to the potential RFP. Additionally, the Notice of Intent is non-binding and therefore will not mandate that any organization respond to a potential RFP. Please include the following information in the Notice of Intent email:

  • Organization
  • Contact name
  • Title
  • Phone #
  • E-mail address
  • Mailing address
  • Note: Provide additional contact persons as needed

F-Inquiries/Questions
Questions or inquiries about the model or response process should be submitted in WORD format (via email). No inquiries will be accepted after February 26, 2016, 11:59 PM (EST). Send all inquiries to governingboard.info@dc.gov. E-mail submissions must be clearly labeled in the subject line with “RFI Inquiry – <organization name>.”
G-Administrative Guidance for Respondents
The schedule for the RFI is anticipated to be as follows. Please note that early responses are appreciated.
RFI Release February 17, 2016
Deadline for RFI inquiries/questions February 26, 2016, 11:59 PM
Answers to inquiries posted March 4, 2016
RFI Submission Deadline March 11, 2016, 5:00 PM ET
Review of RFI responses Through April 11, 2016
This schedule is subject to change based on the number of RFI responses received and the information contained in the responses.

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)

WASHINGTON – The Governing Board of PARCC today released details of a conference call to be held on Tuesday, February 16. The open forum will provide interested parties and media with a preview of a Request for Information (RFI), which the Governing Board intends to make public on or before February 22, 2016.

Last week, the state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of PARCC voted to continue the process of preparing for the long-term future of state assessments and expanding access to high quality test content to all states, while maintaining quality and comparability — the ultimate goal of which is to give parents and educators information on what works to help all kids reach their potential. This Open Forum is the next step in this process.

Who:  The PARCC Governing Board Executive Committee

  • Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education
  • Hanseul Kang, State Superintendent for the District of Columbia
  • Tony Smith, State Superintendent for Illinois
  • Ken Wagner, Rhode Island Commissioner for Education

What: Open Forum Tele-conference

When: Tuesday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Where: Call-in No.: 866 952 7532; Reference: “Open Forum”

RSVP: Erin Hughes, DCI Group: ehughes@dcigroup.com or 202-572-6228

Governing Board of PARCC to Hold Open Call Feb. 16 Previewing Soon-to-be-Released Request for Information (RFI)

State Education Officers Vote to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States

WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) – The state education leaders who make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have voted to continue the process of preparing for the long term future of state assessments and expanding access to high quality test content to all states, while maintaining quality and comparability.

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states and this process will not disrupt the administration of the PARCC test in the coming weeks or in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

“Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable achievement as the PARCC consortium has grown from what was essentially a start-up endeavor into a world-class product that has been administered to 5 million students across 11 states plus the District of Columbia,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education. “What we are doing now is preparing for the long-term future while we have the time to explore a variety of options. Our goal is to be prepared for the next phase of evolution in the testing landscape and give more states the opportunity to participate. These are the issues we will continue to explore openly and transparently in the coming weeks.”

Last November, as the consortium unveiled new options for states to access high-quality summative content starting in the 2016-17 school year, they also announced an intent to pursue a potential new structure that would allow all states to continue to create high-quality assessment content collaboratively, while offering greater flexibility and increased access to that content for any state seeking to strengthen its summative assessment. The action announced today represents a collective decision by Partnership states to continue evolving and improving access to high quality test content.

“Now that federal funding for these assessments has expired, states will be looking for new ways to collaborate and drive content to meet their individual needs in a way that’s both efficient and sustainable,” said Hanseul Kang, State Superintendent for the District of Columbia. “We are seeking a potential new model that will allow current members, including DC, to maintain a high-quality assessment that provides information to support our students toward college and career readiness, while also evolving the model in a way that ensures sustainability and increased state participation for the future.”

Specifically, the Governing Board is seeking input on ways to:

  1. Expand access to the highest quality test content to all states;
  2. Allow states more choices and the ability to customize their test;
  3. Maintain test quality and comparability across states;
  4. Allow for state collaboration on content creation;
  5. Ensure states benefit from economies of scale;
  6. Create stability and sustainability for states in the development and delivery of high quality assessments.

The Governing Board intends to host an open forum next week to provide the field with information on a potential Request for Information (RFI). The purpose of the open forum and the RFI will be to gather additional input from the field to inform a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) that will identify an organization(s) and/or vendor(s) to create the desired structure and provide the necessary products and services.

“Providing more options with greater flexibility is exactly what states need,” said Jack Smith, Interim Superintendent of Maryland. “States want access to the best testing content, but also want it to be customizable to their student populations while still being able to make comparability claims.”

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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next academic work and, ultimately, in college and their careers. The Governing Board of PARCC established the governance structure for the consortia and it is responsible for the major policy and operational decisions about the design, administration and scoring of the PARCC test. The Governing Board is made up of state education leaders from the following states: Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

 

State Education Officers Vote to Deliver Expanded Choice and Flexibility to States-PDF

State Education Officers Introduce New Testing Options for More States

WASHINGTON (November 12, 2015) States that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced today a change in their offering in response to feedback received from other states.
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, speaking on behalf of the PARCC Governing Board said, “The states worked together to develop the highest-quality test the country has ever had. We now want to ensure that as many educators and students as possible can benefit from the work we’ve done.”

Collectively, the Partnership states announced that for the 2016-2017 school year, states will be given new options for accessing high quality testing items. Specifically, today’s announcement includes a new tiered system of product offerings that includes:

  • The current, complete PARCC offering delivered on the Pearson technology platform; this option includes states’ ability to customize the test and add state developed items;
  •  The PARCC test blueprint and content, but with the ability for states – separately or jointly — to select their own vendor to administer the test while maintaining rigorous comparability;
  • Test items available in blocks providing states the ability to design their own tests utilizing sets of PARCC test questions in order to maintain the ability to make state comparisons across those item blocks. In this option, states may choose their own vendor but would need to adhere to agreed-to guidelines on test administration.
  • A freestanding item bank, providing states (or vendors bidding for state contracts) with the ability to purchase individual or sets of test items.

This tiered approach responds to the immediate needs of the states as they enter their next procurement cycle. (See attached for additional information on these new offerings for states.)
The Governing Board also announced that additional decisions will be made on the creation of a new entity that would allow for all states to continue to create high quality assessment content
together and offer greater flexibility and greater access to that content for any state seeking to improve their state assessments.
Secretary Skandera further stated, “The consortium of states who worked to develop the PARCC test have always had 3 simple goals: to develop a 21st century, high quality test focused on the skills that matter for success in life, the ability to compare student outcomes across states and to provide honest accurate information to parents and educators that can be used to improve classroom instruction. Together we have developed a world-class product that has been administered to 5 million students across 11 states plus the District of Columbia. Moving forward the flexibility provided by these new options will allow us to respond to our state colleagues and build on a solid foundation and successful track record.”
“Over the course of the last year it has become clear that the states have complex and dynamic needs. They need high quality tests and test items like those found in PARCC. They need flexibility in creating testing products that meet all states’ unique circumstances. And the marketplace for assessments has not yet matured to the point of meeting all of the states’ needs. This announcement is an important step forward in advancing the availability of high-quality tests that will allow comparability across states,” commented Terry Holliday, former Kentucky Education Commissioner and former President of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states.
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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next academic work and, ultimately, in college and their careers. The PARCC Governing Board established the governance structure for the consortia and they are responsible for the major policy and operational decisions about the design, administration and scoring of the PARCC test. The Governing Board is made up of the education commissioners and superintendents from each PARCC state: Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island.

 

Expanded Opportunities for States to Access PARCC Items and Blueprints

State Education Officers Introduce New Testing Options for More States

State Education Officers Introduce New Testing Options for More States
PARCC Governing Board Announces New, Flexible Model to Meet Needs of More States

WASHINGTON (November 12, 2015) – States that make up the Governing Board of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced today a change in their offering in response to feedback received from other states.
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, speaking on behalf of the PARCC Governing Board said, “The states worked together to develop the highest-quality test the country has ever had. We now want to ensure that as many educators and students as possible can benefit from the work we’ve done.”

Collectively, the Partnership states announced that for the 2016-2017 school year, states will be given new options for accessing high quality testing items. Specifically, today’s announcement includes a new tiered system of product offerings that includes:

The current, complete PARCC offering delivered on the Pearson technology platform; this option includes states’ ability to customize the test and add state developed items;

  • The PARCC test blueprint and content, but with the ability for states – separately or jointly — to select their own vendor to administer the test while maintaining rigorous comparability;
  • Test items available in blocks providing states the ability to design their own tests utilizing sets of PARCC test questions in order to maintain the ability to make state comparisons across those item blocks. In this option, states may choose their own vendor but would need to adhere to agreed-to guidelines on test administration.
  • A freestanding item bank, providing states (or vendors bidding for state contracts) with the ability to purchase individual or sets of test items.

This tiered approach responds to the immediate needs of the states as they enter their next procurement cycle. (See attached for additional information on these new offerings for states.) The Governing Board also announced that additional decisions will be made on the creation of a new entity that would allow for all states to continue to create high quality assessment content
together and offer greater flexibility and greater access to that content for any state seeking to improve their state assessments.

Secretary Skandera further stated, “The consortium of states who worked to develop the PARCC test have always had 3 simple goals: to develop a 21st century, high quality test focused on the skills that matter for success in life, the ability to compare student outcomes across states and to provide honest accurate information to parents and educators that can be used to improve classroom instruction. Together we have developed a world-class product that has been administered to 5 million students across 11 states plus the District of Columbia. Moving forward the flexibility provided by these new options will allow us to respond to our state colleagues and build on a solid foundation and successful track record.”

“Over the course of the last year it has become clear that the states have complex and dynamic needs. They need high quality tests and test items like those found in PARCC. They need flexibility in creating testing products that meet all states’ unique circumstances. And the marketplace for assessments has not yet matured to the point of meeting all of the states’ needs. This announcement is an important step forward in advancing the availability of high-quality tests that will allow comparability across states,” commented Terry Holliday, former Kentucky Education Commissioner and former President of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The current, full PARCC test and other PARCC instructional supports will continue to be available to states.

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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next academic work and, ultimately, in college and their careers. The PARCC Governing Board established the governance structure for the consortia and they are responsible for the major policy and operational decisions about the design, administration and scoring of the PARCC test. The Governing Board is made up of the education commissioners and superintendents from each PARCC state: Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island.