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Consortium Seeks Comments on Common-Core Test Accommodation Policy

The multistate consortium known as PARCC (for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)is seeking input on part of the accommodation policy manual that will accompany the tests it is creating for the Common Core State Standards.

The group is looking for guidance on policies that would govern how calculators are used in math tests and how read-aloud accommodations could be used in the English/language arts tests.

PARCC, along with the Smarter Balanced Consortium, is tasked with creating common-core assessments, which will be administered for the first time in 2014-15. The groups were awarded $360 million from the U.S. Department of Education for this work.

My colleague Catherine Gewertz has more on the proposal, including how you can comment. The comment period ends Feb. 4.

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