Millions of kids to test new education assessments

Article By: Kimberly Hefling | March 24, 2014 | Originally Posted on thetowntalk.com

What’s on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools, including many in Louisiana, soon will have a clue.

Field testing begins this coming week in 36 states, including Louisiana, and the District of Columbia on assessments developed by two different groups of states. Participating students will be asked to sit for hours in front of a computer or use a No. 2 pencil to answer questions.

But there’s no need for kids to worry. The scores won’t count, this time. The actual exam-testing won’t be used for another year.

The Common Core standards spell out what math and English skills students should have at each grade, and are designed to develop more critical thinking skills than traditional school work. They were first pushed by governors concerned about the large number of high school graduates needing remedial college help and lacking basic skills. Most states have adopted them.

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