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Five Things You Didn't Know about the TCAP and TNReady Exams

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 14, 2015 2:54:00 PM

 

In the early 2010s, states across the nation were gearing up for the new, tougher standards in education called the Common Core State Standards. In Tennessee, new standardized tests were put into effect, but just as the state continues to experience change, the tests themselves are undergoing changes too. 

At the time of this writing, the official website of the Tennessee Department of Education states that the current vehicle of statewide assessment for public school students is the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). With the state's Common Core-aligned standards under review and considered for repeal in Tennessee during the past year, statewide testing has seen major shifts and will continue to do so. 

One such shift is the coming transition from TCAP to a new battery of tests: The North Carolina-based company Measurement Inc. is developing TCAP's replacement, to be called TNReady, with a rollout likely to occur next year.

Let’s attempt now to clear up some potential confusion with five essential facts about these two assessment programs:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 13, 2015 8:49:00 AM

 

A wave of change has been sweeping through public education as states across the nation adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The state of Arizona adopted the CCSS in 2010, which meant that AZ’s K-12 state standards for public school students got a full overhaul, along with assessments to align with them. Thus were conceived Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards and, to go along with those standards, the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS).

AIMS testing was short-lived, however, as it was superseded by AzMERIT, short for Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching. The new suite of assessments that make up the AzMERIT was adopted in 2014, and students in Arizona's public school system have had to adjust to a new testing style and format—as have the state's parents, teachers, and administrators. 

Here are five things you might not know about the AzMERIT:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know about New Jersey's PARCC Exams

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 11, 2015 11:44:00 AM


Providing a high-quality education to over 1.3 million K-12 public school students in more than 2,500 schools is a massive task resting on the shoulders of the State of New Jersey Department of Education, along with the state's teachers, school administrators, support service specialists, and countless other dedicated student advocates. 

In order to ensure that the best possible instruction is delivered to these students, the New Jersey school system has availed itself of statewide standardized assessments, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium that has helped a number of states devise and deliver Common Core-compliant assessments. 

It's not just about the testing, but really about preparing students to be successful adults, as the stated objective is to "measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers." Given its extensive impact on the state and its students, we wanted to share these five facts you might now know about the NJ PARCC Exams.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About the Texas STAAR

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 9, 2015 2:17:00 PM


The Lone Star State is known for doing things on a big scale, and Texas certainly didn't make an exception when it came to pioneering standardized testing. 

Indeed, Texas has historically been a trailblazer in this area, as it is sometimes cited as the birthplace of high-stakes testing. At one point in time, it was reported that Texas public school students took more tests than students in any other state in the U.S. For a while the main group of standardized tests were collectively known as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), but in spring 2012 these tests were superseded by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.

Here are some things about the STAAR that you may not know:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 3, 2015 7:43:00 AM


A few years ago the Common Core landed squarely in the Big Apple, as public school administrators, teachers, students, and parents became steeped in the transition to the new standards. New York was the second state to align assessments to the Common Core, following Kentucky, who was the first.


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has gone to great lengths to ensure Common Core alignment with the NYSTP as well as a broad level of rigor in their statewide assessment system. For New York public and charter school students in kindergarten through grade 12, this meant not only tougher tests, but tougher classroom instruction throughout the year. 

Now let's take a look at the five things you might not know about the NYSTP:

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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