Common Core

Youth & Education
6:13 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Washington Students Begin Field Tests For New, Common Core-Aligned Statewide Exams

The online login screen for a practice exam from Smarter Balanced, a consortium developing tests aligned to new, nationally-crafted academic standards called the Common Core for use in 22 states.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Students in more than 600 Washington state schools are beginning to take a new, potentially-tougher standardized test this week that will soon completely replace the state's current standardized tests.

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Education
11:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science

Washington state students rank in the top 10 for math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a new batch of test scores.

Washington's eighth graders tested better than the national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

New learning standards could cause nosedive in Wash. test scores

Test scores could plunge once the Common Core standards come in.
biologycorner Flickr

Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to a report to be presented Wednesday evening to the Seattle School Board.

Starting next year, students in Washington, 44 other states, and the District of Columbia will be held to new, tougher standards known as Common Core. That could cause some sticker shock once test scores start rolling in a year later.

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