March 1, 2018 | Education Week

The State Testing Landscape Continues to Fragment

After a period of convergence, the K-12 testing landscape is once again looking more and more fragmented, concludes a new report from consulting group Education First.

The report—really more a lean set of slides—walks through the complicated last few years of shifts in the testing world. Although much of this data has been reported elsewhere, including by Education Week, it’s very handy to have it all in one place.  

The report’s biggest takeaway is that hopes that states might move towards a shared system of gauging student expectations aren’t going to come to fruition anytime soon. Back in 2010, 46 states belonged to one or both of the federally funded consortia designing shared tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. That’s down to just 15 or 16 now, depending on whether you count Illinois’ recent decision to replace PARCC (formally the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Another four states use items from the consortia tests but blend them into their own exams.

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