Common Core and State testing programs vary by state.
State Achievement Tests are tests that measure your child’s knowledge and understanding of academic content (i.e. math, reading, English, science, social studies). Students in each grade typically take the same test under the same conditions (i.e. time limits, directions, and testing formats are the same).
These tests are given each year in public elementary and secondary school across the country. By law, schools must administer Achievement Tests or they will not receive federal funding. In addition to federally mandated tests, many school districts give their own proficiency assessments based on local standards.
School Districts in most states are currently transitioning from their own state-based curriculum and Achievement Tests to a new kindergarten – 12thgrade curriculum and assessment program based on “Common Core Standards.” The standards and tests that accompany them are more rigorous and demand a higher level of critical thinking than ever before.
The “Common Core” initiative began in 2009 to bring all those different state curricula into alignment with each other. State educators (in all but five states) have agreed upon a tougher set of curriculum standards that students across the country should know and be able to do. The goal is to ensure that every child gets a high quality education no matter where they live.