Cashing In on Opt Out?

Save Maine Schools

Despite the fact that Maine dropped out of the Smarter Balanced Consortium this spring, McGraw-Hill Education, maker of the SBAC Assessment, has managed to stay a step ahead of us.

The same corporation that designed a test for fourth graders full of ninth-grade level reading passages and left more than handful of my kids in tears after they spent hours navigating its confusing, glitchy online interface, has sold its “summative assessment” assets to Data Recognition Corporation so that it can focus on the burgeoning “personalized,” “adaptive” learning market that is driving big pieces of the ESEA reauthorization. 

Scott Marion, associate director of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, said in Education Week  that companies are always trying to gauge “where the market goes next,” and that “non-summative work is the next frontier.”

(Funny, that’s what I called it too.)

“Summative,” of course, means the big end-of-year…

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