Two visions of ‘core’ testing specs

The public can check out two visions of what common tests to match core standards might look like, reports Ed Week.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has released its “content maps and specifications” (pdf) in English language arts.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) unveiled its “content frameworks” in both subjects.

Both documents serve to explicate the standards, highlighting key concepts or progressions of learning. PARCC’ s focuses on identifying the ideas that should be emphasized and how they could be grouped together, and SBAC’s describes the ways students should be able to prove that they have mastered the standards.

PARCC’s frameworks are open for public feedback until Aug. 17. The SMARTER specs are open for a first round of comments until Aug. 29; a revised draft will be issued in September with a second chance to comment. The math content specifications will be out soon, also with two rounds of comments.