Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium developing "next-generation assessments" aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The idea underpinning the SBAC is to have a flexible and balanced system of assessments -- including formative, interim and summative -- that will provide schools with meaningful feedback and actionable data.
The tests, administered by computer, go beyond the old bubble-fill, multiple-choice questions and include short constructed response, extended constructed response and performance tasks, all aligned with the Common Core. Currently, Minnesota is not on board with the new standard in standardized testing.
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New testing is also being developed by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).