Whiteboard Advisors Education Insider

Whiteboard Advisors Education Insider:  Digital Learning and
Common Core Assessments February 2013 is available online and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Here is the Executive Summary:

  • In the wake of the Senate hearing on No Child Left Behind waivers, 71 percent of Insiders think ESEA will not be reauthorized until at least 2015.
  • Insiders remain concerned about the two assessment consortia and for the first time more than half of Insiders say that the PARCC consortia is on the “wrong track.”
  • Insiders see a lack of bandwidth as a major barrier to successful implementation of the new Common Core assessments.
  • An overwhelming majority of Insiders think that MOOCs are more than a passing fad and will substantially disrupt higher education.
  • Insiders gave slightly lower job approval numbers to the Obama Administration while the figure for Congress ticked up.
  • 87% of Insiders think more states will drop out of the Common Core assessment consortia this year.
  • 77% of Insiders think the SBAC assessment consortia is on the wrong track, 52% think the PARCC consortia is.
  • Just 9% of Insiders think MOOCs are a passing fad.
  • 68% of Insiders think estimates of cost savings from blended learning are overstated.

Here are some selected quotes from different sections.

Why do you believe PARCC and SBAC are on the right or wrong track?

“The opting out of Alabama is just the start of a trend. You heard it here first: the astonishing successes of Duncan’s first term unravel in the second as implementation of teacher evals, common core, and common assessment fail. Sound and fury ultimately signifying nothing.”

“While everyone is worrying about Smarter Balanced but PARCC is starting to have internal troubles of its own. More states will go, and that’s OK. But if more states go and they can’t deliver a coherent product, that’s a big problem.”

States and the Common Core Assessment Consortia

“More states will drop out as they start to get a fuller picture for the implementation costs of assessments and professional development and get very unhappy about what they have signed up for in a budget constrained environment.”

“Reality meets theory and, as Alabama showed us last week with their withdrawal from the consortia, states are finally realizing they’ve been sold a bill of goods without the money or local support to implement. This will only accelerate as 2014/2015 approaches.”

Bandwidth and Devices

“There won’t be more than a handful of states that will pony up the incredible resources it will take to administer any statewide test online.”