Race to the Top Assessment Program
RACE TO THE TOP TECHNICAL REVIEW
Announcing a Technical Review for the Consortia of States Developing Next-Generation Assessment Systems
As part of continuing efforts to support states in their development of the next generation of assessments, the U.S. Department of Education will hold a Race to the Top Assessment Technical Review Process. In September 2010, the Department provided funding to two consortia of states, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced), to develop new comprehensive assessment systems to measure whether students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be ready for college and the workforce.
The data from these new assessment systems, which will be administered for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year, will be used by parents, teachers, schools, and states to make better decisions about how to support students and teachers so that they can be successful. PARCC and Smarter Balanced are now past the halfway mark of their four-year grants – the Technical Review will help the Department support their work by analyzing their progress meeting the requirements laid out in the Race to the Top Assessment program and identifying how we can better partner with the consortia during this critical development phase. The review will focus on two broad areas of assessment development: the consortium’s research confirming the validity of the assessment results and the consortium’s approach to developing items and tasks.
The experts who will assist the Department with the Race to the Top Assessment Technical Review are Peter Behuniak, University of Connecticut; Rebecca Kopriva, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research; Suzanne Lane, University of Pittsburgh; James Pellegrino, University of Illinois at Chicago; Kathleen Porter-Magee, Fordham Institute; and William Schmidt, Michigan State University.
The Technical Review is one component of the Department’s Race to the Top Assessment program review. The program review is the overall method by which the Department provides oversight of and support for the consortia. The Technical Review will be combined with other components, including on-going, but at least monthly, conversations between the Department and the grantee; on-site program reviews by Department staff; stocktake meetings with the consortium and senior leaders in the Department; and the annual performance report. A description of the complete program review process can be found below at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/review-guide.pdf (PDF, 27.2K).
- Race to the Top Technical Reviewer Biographies (MS Word, 141K)
- Race to the Top Assessment Technical Review Process (PDF, 580K)
- Spring 2013 Technical Review for PARCC (PDF, 223K)
- Spring 2013 Technical Review for Smarter Balanced (PDF, 223K)
Race to the Top Assessment Annual Performance Report
|Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career||Year 1 Report PDF (1.08M)
Year 2 Report PDF (1.1M)
|Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium||Year 1 Report PDF (803K)
Year 2 Report PDF (881K)