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State Testing Changes
​New standardized tests are coming in 2014-15

During the 2013-14 school year, students continued to take the same state tests as past years. For 2014-15, however, they will be tested against the Common Core State Standards using a new standardized test. The test the state of Washington will use is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

The assessments will be designed to test higher level thinking skills and will be given only on computers. They will be adaptive, meaning the test will automatically adjust its level of rigor for each question based on how each student answers the questions. Teachers will also have access to interim assessments that will be used at intervals throughout the year to check student readiness.

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 Additional Resources

If you want to go to the source, here is the group that has developed the standards. The complete standards are here.
This organization of urban public school districts has created an extensive website on the CCSS. Their Parent Roadmaps provide specific information on what students will learn at each grade level and how parents can help student learn outside of school.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Washington has general information on the CCSS for families in addition to the information they have provided to educators.
The Ready Washington coalition, a new group formed by state and local education agencies and associations along with community and education advocacy organizations, has developed materials explaining the Common Core for the public.
National PTA created Parents Guides for Student Success for grades K-8 and one each for English language arts and one for mathematics for grades 9-12. The guides will provide an overview of what your child will learn in each grade in mathematics and in english / language arts / literacy.