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How Missouri Will Test the Common Core

Missouri is one of 46 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Like many parents in Missouri, you may wonder how, exactly, Common Core Standards will be tested in our schools.

Currently, three major testing systems have developed for the evaluation of Common Core Standards; ACT Aspire, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

Governing, Advisory, and Affiliate States
Missouri is a Governing State of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, meaning that we are fully committed to Smarter Balanced and that we have a vote in Smarter Balanced policy decisions.

States can adopt Smarter Balanced as Advisory States, providing guidance and development, but without voting privileges. Or they can become Affiliate Members who have not committed to the consortium, but who do support Smarter Balanced.

About Smarter Balanced
Smarter Balanced is an adaptive testing system that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

Smarter Balanced tests adapt questions based on correct and incorrect student answers. In other words, when a student answers a question correctly, subsequent questions will be more difficult. If a student answers a question incorrectly, subsequent questions will be easier.

Other Smarter Balanced States & Territories
Other states that have adopted Smarter Balanced include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

States are not required to select just one testing option. Some states, such as Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, have adopted both Smarter Balanced and PARCC. Several other states, including Arizona, New Mexico, Maryland, and Ohio, have yet to determine which consortium they’ll join.

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