Smarter Balanced Needs a New Fiscal Agent

After this school year UCLA will no longer be Smarter Balanced's fiscal agent.
After this school year UCLA will no longer be Smarter Balanced’s fiscal agent.

UCLA has decided it will no longer act as a fiscal agent for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium when its current three-year agreement ends on June 30, 2017.

EdWeek Market Brief reports:

UCLA made the decision to not renew its contract with Smarter Balanced after the current three-year deal ends on June 30, 2017, both entities said in a joint statement.

Neither side offered Marketplace K-12 specifics on why UCLA made the decision, though they both indicated decision was the university’s.

“The joint work was mutually beneficial,” the university and consortium said. “UCLA notified Smarter Balanced on Sept. 28 that it would not renew the agreement at this natural ending point.”

Kathryn Kranhold, associate vice chancellor for UCLA’s communications and outreach, said in an e-mail that some links between the university and the testing consortium would remain in place.

Apparently if they find another fiscal agent within the University of California system they won’t need to issue another RFP as the memorandum of understanding is with the system, not just UCLA.

I would love to know why UCLA wants out.