After four years of measuring student proficiency through the ACT Aspire, Alabama officials announced in July that they would be ending their contract with that vendor. For the 2017-2018 school year, students will be assessed using Scantron tests, but local leaders hope to have a different assessment in place for the next school year.
The State Department of Education has created an Assessment Advisory Committee to determine what the state needs to get from the test.
The Committee recently heard from the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) about the challenges of assessment design. A+ Education Partnership describes the meeting and offers the complete deck that the Center for Assessment shared.
In this presentation, the Center for Assessment shows that redesigning a state assessment can be a three-year process that requires balancing multiple competing needs.
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