Measuring College and Career Readiness

Although their specific assessments may be different, both Smarter Balanced and PARCC ultimately understand that it's not enough to merely design assessment systems to help students achieve academic success and graduate from high school. They also must prepare students for their future college and career paths.

Based on decades of experience, our staff is uniquely qualified to design assessment programs at the high school, university and graduate level. ETS has worked with the College Board® since 1947 to develop, administer and score the company's college-readiness assessments, such as the AP® Program, as well as the SAT® and SAT® Subject Tests. We've also provided items, test development, psychometric services, scoring and reporting for a series of placement exams for the California State University system since 2002.

Often cited by educators as an exemplary model for determining college readiness, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to help high school juniors and seniors in California improve weak areas and polish strong ones by the time they enter California State University. In addition, we've collaborated with the California Department of Education in developing the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, since 2001. We provide item and test development services, psychometric analysis and consultation, and ancillary testing program materials.

Skills ETS staff have acquired from working on state and national programs can be applied to help the consortium create assessments that measure the full range of the CCSS.


Technology-enhanced Assessments

Technology-enhanced AssessmentsETS works closely with states and the consortia to bring technological innovations to K–12 assessment.

Resources on Consortia

The K–12 Center at ETS offers a variety of resources on the assessment consortia, including summaries of their designs and future plans, videos and presentations.


NAEP and ETSETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.

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