Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 484 on October 2nd. One of the bill’s controversies is that it replaces STAR tests with Common Core assessments developed by the Smarter Balanced Consortium: Measurements of Academic Progress and Performance (MAPP). But MAPP isn’t ready yet. And while your students will pilot MAPP math or reading tests in the spring, you won’t receive any data abou student performance. So how can you measure student performance this year? Our diagnostic assessments are online, computer-adaptive, aligned to Common Core, and CLRN resources. But best of all, our assessments provide detailed sub-skill analysis of individual, class, school, and district performance. And our reports lay out instructional paths comprised of our own online prescriptive courses, your school instructional resources, or open-source resources, such as Khan Academy’s videos*. Our new teacher tool for setting student goals and measuring Student Growth Objectives is also ready to go. It's approved in New Jersey to measure SGOs, and both Jersey City and Union City educators have implemented it to help support their student achievement and teacher effectiveness initiative.
Check back later this week for more about the Common Core assessments from the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia. And a little bit more about the Common Core standards themselves. Comments welcome.
* All Khan Academy content is available for free at http://www.khanacademy.org.
Tags: Student Growth Objectives, SGOs, Common Core, CCSS, Smarter Balanced, SBAC, PARCC, MAPP, AB 484, CLRN