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Colorado joins national assessment consortium

August 22, 2012

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Colorado joins national assessment consortium; sample test items unveiled

Colorado officially joined as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which is a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation tests in English language arts and mathematics. While Colorado has been working with PARCC over the past year, the decision to become a full governing member will ensure Colorado has a strong voice in creating the new tests which are slated to launch in Colorado in 2015.

To prepare for the national launch of the new, innovative assessments, PARCC just released its first set of item and task prototypes. These are designed to give educators and the public a preview of what some of the assessments items may look like. To view the item and task prototypes, visit http://www.parcconline.org/. Additional sample test items will be released over the next two years.

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