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Huntington Learning Center Compares the Common Core Assessment Consortiums Currently Developing New Exams for Schools

ORADELL, NJ - (Marketwired - Aug 12, 2013) - With the rolling out of new assessment tests in all states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, Huntington Learning Center explains the two new assessment consortiums: the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These consortiums have been charged with creating the next generation of assessments to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

"Many parents want to know what changes will ensue based on the implementation of Common Core," says Dr. Raymond Huntington, founder and chairman of Huntington Learning Center. "One of the most notable will be the new assessment exams that will replace states' current standardized testing programs when they are first administered in the 2014-2015 school year." Dr. Huntington offers a synopsis of the two organizations that are developing the new exams and how they differ:

The SBAC, a 25-state consortium, is focused on building a high-quality assessment system that gives teachers and schools tools to improve instruction and help students succeed. The PARCC, a 20-state consortium, is focused on an improved accountability system at all levels that supports educators and makes better use of technology.

The Smarter Balanced assessments will use computer adaptive technology that adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment depending on students' answers (and will offer a retake option), while PARCC will use computerized assessments (non-adaptive) via fixed-form delivery.

The SBAC will offer optional interim assessments for grades 3-12 that are computer adaptive. The PARCC will offer one optional diagnostic and one mid-year assessment for grades 3-12. It will also offer optional K-2 formative performance tasks and required non-summative speaking and listening assessment for grades 3-12.

The 25 states in SBAC educate approximately 19 million students. They include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming (and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The 20 states in PARCC educate approximately 22 million students. They are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

To learn more about the SBAC, visit www.smarterbalanced.org. To learn more about the PARCC, visit http://parcconline.org. For questions about the Common Core State Standards and how they may impact you, contact your local Huntington Learning Center.

About Huntington

Founded in 1977, Huntington is a pioneer and leader in the tutoring industry. For over 35 years, Huntington has provided quality instruction to hundreds of thousands of students. Huntington prides itself on bein3g "Your Tutoring Solution" for students in all grades and subjects. They tutor in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. They also prepare students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT and provide free school tutoring to eligible schools. Learn more about Huntington at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For information on franchise opportunities, visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

Contact:

Laura Gehringer
Director of Marketing and Advertising
Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.
201-957-9431
 gehringerl@hlcmail.com

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Huntington Learning Centers offer instruction in reading, mathematics and study skills, as well as phonics, spelling, vocabulary, writing, algebra, geometry and SAT/ACT exam preparation.

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