In the 2014-15 school year, the vast majority of states will use new online student assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced that will be based on the deeper and more rigorous Common Core State Standards. Implementing these new assessments successfully requires a substantial infrastructure and a human capacity effort involving careful planning and ample communication.
Implementing Online Assessment – Pathways to Success is a new website that chronicles states’ experiences implementing online assessment. Delaware, Idaho, North Carolina are available immediately with Virginia available in this fall. Each case narrative tells a state’s history with online assessments, the evolution of their infrastructure, their approach to training and communication with districts, and an in-depth look at what it took for a district to implement online assessments. States have also shared the tools and materials – such as training agendas, technology checklists, and sample letters – that led to their success. SETDA encourages you to visit the website, use the materials, and participate in a discussion about your experience with the transition.
Visit the new the Implementing Online Assessment – Pathways to Success website and use the wide range of resources and materials and share them with your colleagues in Assessment, Curriculum and other departments as you and your colleagues prepare for the transition to online assessment.