The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career is one of two state consortia that are developing a common set of K-12 assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), also known as Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards.

CCR standards call on students to have not only solid content knowledge but also the skills to apply their knowledge in ways demanded by colleges, careers and citizenship in the 21st century. Measuring the full breadth of the standards will require new kinds of tests that measure what matters for students’ futures. Moving to such an assessment system will require re-imagining assessments as we know them.

The next-generation assessment system will have several benefits not found in current assessment systems including benefits to: students, who will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college and careers; teachers, who will receive results to guide learning and instruction; parents, who will have clear and timely information about the progress of their children; states, which will have valid results that are comparable across the member states; and the nation, since the assessments are based on the college- and career-ready standards.

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