Smarter Balanced Featured in Governing

Executive Director Joe Willhoft was interviewed by Governing magazine about the development of next-generation assessments.


“Two assessment consortiums, SMARTER Balanced and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), have risen from the Common Core movement. Although it might seem counterintuitive to have different tests for the same set of standards, policymakers see a potential upside in having two distinct means of assessing Common Core. Replacing individual state exams with assessments that cross state boundaries is an untested experiment, policymakers say, and public education could benefit from having unique approaches to compare.”


“‘Competition breeds innovation,'” Joe Willhoft, executive director for SMARTER Balanced, told Governing. “‘If you only have one model and it doesn’t work, then you don’t know if it was a bad idea or just a bad design.'”

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