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Document Number: 10967

Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For? - Tackling the questions of standardized test cost and quality, this report concludes the departure of a few states from testing consortia will have minimum impact on per-pupil cost. For example, the departure of Florida, second-largest member of PARCC, would only mean a per-pupil price increase of 60 cents for remaining states. If all states which are having a debate over the Common Core drop out, costs would still increase by no more than $2 or $3. The author cautions that test quality is crucial: used for high-stakes decisions, they could determine which school to close, which student to hold back, which teacher to fire. He synthesizes test quality into a set of design principles that should support and drive instruction, encourages states to form consortia and Congress to designate $30-$40 for per-pupil testing when it reauthorizes the NCLB. (Matthew M. Chingos, Brown Center on Education Policy at Brooking, October 2013)...

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