Exams

Academic Standards, also known as the Common Core Standards, create a set of guidelines for students, parents, and educators about what students should know and be able to do when students graduate from high school. Read below to learn more about how you can help your child progress by having them take practice tests for each grade.

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Academic Standards, known in some states as Common Core State Standards, changed the way in which student progress is measured by new tests, which are now done on computers.

Previously, standardized school tests were based on multiple choice questions. Now, new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards will require students to take computer tests, explain their thoughts in writing, and use different strategies.

The switch from tests taken with pencil and paper to tests given by computer presents some challenges for students. For example, students have to learn to show math work quickly on digital exams, because they only have a short amount of time to complete them.

Two groups have been developed and are managing these exams for students from third grade through high school: Smarter Balance Assessments (SBA) and Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington or West Virginia your child will take the SBA tests. Smarter Balance Assessments (SBA) tests are adaptive: if a student gets a correct answer, they then get a harder question designed to measure higher-order thinking and vice versa. That is, the test changes itself to fit the student’s answers. To take a trial SBA test click here.

If you live in Colorado, DC, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico or Rhode Island, your child will take the PARCC tests. PARCC tests will always have the same number of questions, and are not changed to fit student responses. To take a trial PARCC test click here.If you live in Arkansas, Colorado, DC, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio or Rhode Island, your child will take the PARCC tests. PARCC tests will always have the same number of questions, and are not changed to fit student responses. To take a trial PARCC test click here.

If you do not live in any of the states listed above click here to find information for your state. If you do not live in any of the states listed above click here to find information for your state.