Will the Common Core Lead to a Common Calendar?

Last night during our Truth in American Education participant conference call somebody had a great question.  Will the Common Core with its requisite assessments move states to a common calendar as well?  Neither Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have stated when tests will be administered, but in terms of data collection they will likely specify times.

Chicago Public Schools indicated they will give the CCSS (Illinois is with PARCC) assessments on a quarterly basis.  The fourth quarter is optional.  Here is their assessment time frames:

  • Quarter 1: October 17-November 10; All scoring of constructed response items and scanning of paper copies to be completed by November 23rd.
  • Quarter 2: January 11-January 26; Final scoring deadline TBD
  • Quarter 3: April 9-April 27; Final scoring deadline TBD
  • Quarter 4: NO REQUIRED ASSESSMENT. Optional assessment TBD

Will other states feel pressure to align with others for comparison’s sake?  How will this impact start dates, and will there be a push for year-round schools.  Some questions that need to be answered.