Use of PARCC and SBAC Assessments in Higher Education

Friday, June 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
National Harbor 4 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • PARCC and SBAC in Higher Ed Camera, King, Huff, Ellington.pdf (3.8 MB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Transitioning assessment systems
    In 2014-15, educators will face an altered assessment landscape. How will the consortia assessments serve higher education and what role will existing placement and admissions tests serve? Most colleges and universities require some form of placement tests to determine course placement in mathematics and other areas. Many colleges provide developmental courses for students not prepared to enter credit bearing courses in math, composition and reading. Will the PARCC and SBAC assessments serve this role? Since many of the tests are geared toward 10th or 11th graders, will scores be valid and reliable for placement decisions which will be made 2 or more years after testing? If the consortia assessments are indicative of college readiness will there be political or popular support to use scores in place of current admissions tests? In this session, panelists will attempt to forecast different potential outcomes that might evolve once new assessments are introduced. Participants will analyze the factors that colleges and universities prefer to consider for admission and placement while outlining the current issues surrounding assessment at the secondary and postsecondary levels