SBAC: Quagmire of Poor Technological Design


Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 24 September 2005.


In the last 10 years, so many changes have taken place in education it is hard to keep up with everything.  And the changes just keep coming at an every quickening pace.  Assessments have changed and continue to change at great cost to taxpayers and our children’s academic education.


The other day an opinion piece caught my attention.  It had a quote and some interesting information I thought worthy of sharing.  The article is titled The New SAT: Common Core sealant.  The quote that grabbed me was a quote in the article from a text expert quoted in an EdSurge article:

(Smarter Balanced is) a quagmire of poor technological design, poor interaction design, and poor mathematics that hopelessly clouds the insights the tests might give us into students’ thinking.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) and PARCC consortia developed assessments for the Common Core State Standards.  These consortia received over $360 million dollars in Race to the Top grant funds (taxpayer dollars) to develop the assessments.

The opinion piece gives us additional information:

SBAC has been loosing member states  (started with 31 states and has around 17 states still in the consortium)

PARCC started with 24 states and only 6 report they will use PARCC in 2016

Were the more than $360 million in taxpayer dollars well spent?  While the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, and legislators continue to push changes supposedly in the interest of holding students, and now parents, teachers, and principals accountable, it seems like they are the ones needing to be held accountable.

The opinion piece goes on the pose the possibility that a Common Core aligned SAT may become the assessment used to determine college and career readiness.  Is  it possible, under the new ESSA, that the SAT will become a graduation requirement?



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