Pearson has unveiled a new web resource, Next-Generation Assessments, designed to inform and assist states and state consortia as they develop and transition to the next generation of student assessments.
The Next-Generation Assessments website features free access to white papers and other resources developed by Pearson's experts in assessment, instruction and digital learning technologies to help states as they design and deliver new assessment systems that are both innovative and pragmatic. Pearson has provided large-scale assessment services for more than 30 states as well as the U.S. Department of Education, ACT, the College Board and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
As part of its Race to The Top competition, the U.S. Education Department awarded two state consortia grants to design comprehensive assessment systems to accelerate the transformation of public schools: The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). In addition, many states are redesigning their own state assessment programs. Together, these transitions will require fundamental shifts in how assessments are developed, delivered, and scored as well as how the data is used to improve teaching and personalize learning. Ultimately, these new assessments will be integrated into a next generation teaching and learning system.
Papers featured on the site in the future will address topics such as growth models, standards setting, automated scoring and rigor in assessments. Pearson's Next-Generation Assessments web site is available at www.pearsonassessments.com/NextGeneration/.
Source: Pearson, www.pearsonassessments.com/