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Common Core Health Practice Questions
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - March 3rd, 2014
Although it is not a major part of the common core, health is still a critical subject and will continue to be taught in the United States, regardless of each state’s decision on the common core testing battery. As in years past, each state will set its own requirements regarding which subjects are taught and when, in keeping with the majority opinions of the state and of parents.
Helping Your Child Study
As with any portion of the common core, health practice questions are a great way to help your child succeed. Children who undergo at least some type of testing preparation are, most cases, likely to score higher on standardized tests. This is due, in part, to both the review of learned knowledge which at-home study provides and the familiarity with testing formats which specialized test-prep study materials deliver.
There are several ways you can help your child study. You can look through their current health textbooks to create your own health practice questions. Health learning and testing is dependent upon the curriculum for a particular school year, so your child’s textbook is a great place to begin. Since the common core places a heavy focus on ELA (English language arts), try to choose pieces of text with incorporate both ELA and fact-based questions.
Free online health practice questions are another easy way to help with health learning and test prep. Before you present your child with questions you find online, check to ensure that the site is reputable and the questions are both current and tailored specifically to the common core testing battery relevant to your child’s state, grade and age.
You can also find a multitude of ready-made health practice questions and health learning supplements.
You can view California’s current health learning specifics at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ccssfaqs2010.asp. These are helpful for those in other states as well since California has adopted the common core as-is. If your state has decided to reject portions of the common core, has not yet made a final decision regarding the common core or if you simply want more information, visit your state’s Department of Education website.