Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities
Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and assessments, such as improved instruction and, subsequently, improved student learning. However, there are a number of likely challenges to the new standards and assessment systems. This report outlines some of these key challenges and offers suggestions for state and federal policymakers to mitigate them. The assessment challenges addressed in this paper pertain to the following seven areas: higher proficiency levels, technology upgrades, computer scoring, content coverage, time investments, validating uses for expanded evaluation, and roll-out coherence.