What Is a Common Core Practice Test?


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A Common Core practice test helps students prepare to take math and literacy tests that are designed to assess if students have achieved Common Core state standards in these subjects. The Common Core is a set of standards, or benchmarks, that indicate what children should learn in each grade.

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There is no Common Core test, and there are no Common Core practice tests that the Common Core State Standards Initiative has created. However, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Test and Training Test each consist of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core. These tests are the closest conceptually to Common Core practice tests and are sometimes, erroneously, called Common Core practice tests.

As of 2015, schools located within one of the 43 states that participate in the Common Core State Standards Initiative have adjusted their curriculum, teaching materials and methods to agree with Common Core standards. These states administer their own achievement tests or a standardized achievement test to assess if students are on or above Common Core standards.

Illinois, for example, used to administer the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, but starting in 2014, the state began administering a Common Core-aligned test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The PARCC has practice tests associated with it. Practice tests for grades four through 11 are available at PARCC.Pearson.com.

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