July 2012 Education Insider: Common Core and the Assessment Consortia

This month‰'s survey focused on the Common Core and the Assessment Consortia.

Key findings include:

  • Insiders remain concerned about the direction of the assessment consortia. 58 percent think the SBAC consortia is on the ‰"wrong track‰" and 45 percent of Insiders think neither assessment consortia will meet the 2014 deadline for delivering new assessments.
  • 80 percent of Insiders believe school districts are very unprepared for the new Common Core standards and see multiple challenges to successful implementation.
  • 45 percent of Insiders view the inability of school districts to implement the new assessments as a major obstacle to districts‰' success, while 20 percent see technology infrastructure as a major issue.
  • Congressional approval remains low ‰-- at zero percent. Disapproval of the administration ticks up slightly. Insiders continue to see reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as unlikely before 2014, with 40 percent now saying it will not be reauthorized until after the 2014 midterm elections.