Why States Should Make PARCC the Foundation of New Exams

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Information from high-quality assessments empowers teachers to meet students where they are, and take them where they need to go, writes Emily Griggs, a sixth-grade teacher in Boston. Several recent studies indicate consortia exams outperform other next-generation tests, as well as states’ former “bubble tests.” By incorporating elements of PARCC and MCAS into its hybrid end-of-year assessment, Massachusetts promises to provide a valuable tool to help students achieve their full potential. By contrast, states that have sought to appease critics by pursuing independent tests have incurred significant costs for assessments that may prove inferior and lack the comparability of consortia exams.

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