WA is 1 of 24 states piloting new national tests

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington is one of 24 states trying out the new exams tied to the national "common core" standards in math and English language arts.

About 6,000 schools are voluntarily participating in the pilot project this year. The tests are scheduled to be given in all 24 states starting during the 2014-15 school year.

The questions in the online exams are tied to the new national standards that are already being used in Washington and dozens of other states.

The pilot will help the creators of the test, a group known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, to measure the effectiveness of their test, not judge student learning. The test creators are based in Olympia, Wash.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Black Market
    Despite legalization, 'business is good' for Seattle's illegal pot dealers

  • Mourning Trees
    Chiara D'Angelo spent her day mourning the loss of over 800 trees on Bainbridge Island

  • Endangered
    Some of the most beautiful animals in the world are disappearing from Washington
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.