Common Core Essentials

Resources to Guide Common Core Implementation

The Five Assessment Consortia


While nearly everyone has heard something about The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) few have heard of the other three.  The k-12 Center at Educational Testing Services (ETS) is the clearinghouse of information on these consortium as well as research and policy on next generation test design.  The k-12 Center really deserves its own page and should be seen as intimately related to the work of the five consortia and a key source on what next generation assessments will look like (see their pilot program for innovative assessment called CBAL).

Here is a gallery of the different consortia plans for assessment throughout the school year provided by the K-12 Center.  Immediately following these photos are links to each consortiums website.


PARCC:  PARCC is a 24-state consortium working together to develop next-generation K-12 assessments in English and math.

SBAC: Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessemnts aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

Dynamic Learning MapsThe DLM project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The new DLM alternate assessment system will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The DLM system is designed to map a student’s learning throughout the year. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students. An end of the year assessment will be created for states that want to include a summative test in addition to the instructionally embedded system.

National Center and State Collaborative: The NCSC  is applying the lessons learned from the past decade of research on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA‐AAS) to develop a multi‐state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The project draws on a strong research base to develop an AA‐AAS that is built from the ground up on powerful validity arguments linked to clear learning outcomes and defensible assessment results, to complement the work of the Race to the Top Common State Assessment Program (RTTA) consortia.

Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems:  ASSETS is a state-led consortium with the aim of providing innovative and comprehensive assessment tools in order to help English learners succeed in becoming college- and career-ready. The consortium will build on the foundation of standards, assessment, professional development, and research already developed by the managing partner, WIDA (new language proficiency standards to take hold in U.S. in 2012+).

All the blurbs above were taken from the respective consortia homepage.



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