States have been administering online assessments since as early as 2001 when Virginia began its online assessment program. Between 2001 and 2012 thirty two other states shifted partially or wholly to online assessment. To assist states’ transition to next generation, Common Core State Standards-aligned assessments, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) provided approximately $350 million to fund various state assessment consortia.
SETDA is working in close partnership with the leadership of all six assessment consortia – the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS), and English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) – to address the issue of technology readiness for school participation in the computer-based assessment systems they will be deploying starting in the 2014-15 school year.
SETDA has created numerous resources to assist states and districts in implementing online assessments.