A major question of late among Louisiana administrators and teachers involves Louisiana’s supposed spring 2015 “PARCC” assessments:

Since Louisiana has no contract with official PARCC testing vendor Pearson, where will the mysterious “PARCC-consortium-developed items” come from for Louisiana’s “PARCC” tests?

The short answer:


The items will come directly from Pearson in an arrangement not allowed any legitimately-paying PARCC state.

I challenge Louisiana Superintendent John White to publicly contradict me.

On December 11, 2014, in a post highlighting a list of Louisiana state leaders involved in PARCC” (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), I noted that the individuals listed were heavy on supervision and review and light on item writing.

There is a reason for that.

PARCC solicited professional assessment companies to write the items.

Not teachers. Not administrators.

In December 2011, then-PARCC-fiscal-agent Florida issued this Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) the PARCC assessment item development…

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