Different But Comparable: Measurement Considerations for Policy Uses for Scores From the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia

Saturday, June 22, 2013: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Chesapeake D-E (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • Comparability - WISE.pdf (421.9 kB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Transitioning assessment systems
    Over 40 states are members of the federally funded PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessment consortia, which are developing assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-high school based on the Common Core State Standards.  Expected uses for scores include school accountability, student high school exit, educator evaluation, and instructional program evaluation.  Results may be compared and uses coordinated across states within each consortium and perhaps across consortia.  Likely challenges include variations in format (paper & pencil vs. computer-delivered, and variations in types of computer platforms) as well as testing window, etc.  For the intended uses and interpretations, what are the measurement challenges?  What are the consortia doing, and what might they do, to support useful results without misinterpretation? What are the likely limitations?  What are the implications for the measurement and educational fields?