The states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are currently collaborating to develop common assessments that will be aligned to the Standards and replace existing end-of-year state tests. The assessments are expected to address critical thinking and include results from performance-based tasks which will inform the learning process. As new assessments are put in place, the goal is to shift from a paper/pencil environment toward a computer-based platform.
Capitalizing on the use of digital resources, these assessments are aligned to be easily aggregated. As a result, acquired data will present a complete picture of student learning which will enable educators to effectively differentiate instruction.
The Common Core State Standards assessments are grounded in the following principles:
- Allow for comparison across students, schools, districts, states and nations;
- Create economies of scale;
- Provide information and support more effective teaching and learning; and
- Prepare students for college and careers.