Beginning in 2015, students in most grades will start taking new online assessment tests that will require a deeper
understanding of key concepts and stronger problem-solving skills.
Parents and teachers also will begin getting new reports
generated from the assessments, which are aligned with the Common Core State
School districts have prepared for these new assessments
in English language arts and mathematics by participating in a testing pilot, upgrading technology, and
providing professional development for teachers and administrators.
“All students deserve an education
that prepares them for their next step in life—whether that’s going on to
postsecondary education or starting a career, said Jameson Rienick, mathematics
coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education.
Students in grades 3 through 8 along with those in grade 11
will take the new online assessments beginning in spring 2015.
The tests were created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a collaborative state-led group of educators, researchers, policymakers
and community groups. They will use computer-adaptive technology and will
feature short-answer and interactive questions as well as multiple-choice
questions and performance tasks.
The assessment system will give parents and students
accurate information about whether students are on track to graduate high
school ready for college and the workplace. It will provide teachers with
resources to tailor instruction to student needs through a digital library of
instructional best practices.
Because the assessments are all online, the results will be
available to parents and educators much more quickly than they were in the
past. The new assessments also will show much growth specific students have
made since the previous test.
With the new assessment system, parents and educators will
be able to easily compare student achievement between schools, districts, and
states to ensure that students are making progress.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led
effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for
kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40
states, including California, have voluntarily adopted.
The standards are designed to ensure that students graduate
from high school prepared for college or the workforce.