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Recently, a new education reform Bill was introduced by the Wisconsin education legislative chairs, Representative Kestell and Senator Olsen and is based on the work of the Read to Lead, Educator Effectiveness, and Accountability Task force work which took place during 2011.

The major elements of the bill include:

  • Establishing a Read to Lead Development Council
  • Identifying struggling reading and ensuring teachers are prepared to serve those students
  • Creating a fair evaluation system for teachers and principals
  • Aligning legislation with elements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Waiver

Governor Walker and Superintendent Evers released announcements on the progress made with the proposed legislation.

Over the last year Great Lakes West supported DPI in all three task forces by facilitating the task force meetings and bringing experts to the table. Great Lakes West congratulates Wisconsin on creating a collaborative process which led to high quality recommendations, and will continue to work with Wisconsin DPI as it transforms education in the state.

New assessments are coming—word of the new assessments has been spread throughout the cities and countryside. Today we have news outlets and online media to spread the word with a speed that would shame even the best town crier. However, the effect of the message is the same as it would have been in days gone by. There is a sense of anticipation—something is coming, it’s going to be big, it’s going to be different, and we don’t really know what that means yet.

The final release of the assessments is still two years away. In the time between now and then, there is a lot of work to do and many questions to answer. To help keep the public informed, the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS released Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards. The purpose of this guide is to “help districts, states and interested organizations stay abreast of these developments.” As the work of the assessment consortia continues, the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management has worked to stay informed of developments. As a result, they have released an updated version of their guide. The updated version of the guide includes information on next steps of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium as well as recent decisions from PARCC that will affect future planning and the final assessments. Following are the three main points that the Center highlighted:

  • The PARCC Governing Board voted to reduce the number of planned “through-course” assessments from four to two. This change will reduce costs, ensure curricular flexibility, and reduce the impact on instructional time.
  • This school year, PARCC and SBAC will each release prototype assessment items and tasks illustrating how they will assess key constructs within the Common Core State Standards.
  • Over the next few months, consortium member states will identify lead teachers to participate in the vetting of resources and training of fellow teachers.

There are still a lot of questions about the new assessments. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for more information to become available. Do you have the information you need on the assessment consortia? If not, what can we do to help you access that information? Looking at the information that is available and the recent updates, do you have any idea how this will impact your school, district, or state?