Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By David Connerty-Marin
Competitive award provides access to high quality educational resources
October 21, 2015 – The Department of Defense Education Activity, the organization in charge of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense, entered into a membership agreement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and will serve as a liaison to the consortium’s governing board.
“We are excited about the opportunity to support the success of the children of service men and women attending Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the United States and across the globe,” said Laura Slover, CEO of Parcc Inc., the nonprofit organization that manages the assessment project for the PARCC consortium.
DoDEA is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing pre-K through 12th grade educational programs on behalf of the Department of Defense. DoDEA operates 172 accredited schools in 14 districts in 11 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The agency employs approximately 15,000 employees who serve more than 74,000 children of active duty military and Department of Defense civilian families. DoDEA is committed to ensuring that all school-aged children of military families are provided a world-class education that prepares them for postsecondary education and/or career success, and to be leading contributors in their communities.
Earlier this year, DoDEA issued a formal request for proposals for assessment services and awarded a one-year renewable contract with a period of performance up to six years to Parcc Inc. to provide the assessment system and services such as professional development programs for educators and access to instructional tools. The value of the contract is estimated at over $20 million.
“This is an important step for PARCC as the consortium moves into the expansion and sustainability phase, providing more students with access to high quality assessment items and tools,” said Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education in New Mexico, a PARCC state. “DoDEA is the first to use PARCC content in this new phase of expanded participation and continues our goal of improving instruction and assessments for more students and allowing them to reach their full potential. PARCC can help meet the diverse needs of states and other educational agencies across the country and we welcome their participation.”