Student assessments are changing. For years, most year-end tests were mainly multiple-choice exams that focused on basic skills. These tests did a poor job of measuring the skills students need for success after high school—like writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. With new education standards, states are working together to develop quality tests. In 2014-15, schools will replace their old tests with new assessments built to let parents and teachers know how well students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.
Learn more about what the new tests are trying to accomplish and what you can be looking for locally on the Education pages of our Focus Areas section.