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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Common Core Standards Sample Test Items and Task Prototypes Now Available

Tallahassee, Fla., August 21, 2012 - On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers unveiled the first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototypes illustrate how the critical content and practices found in the Common Core State Standards may appear on the assessments that will be given for the first time in 2014-15. Florida, one of 45 states and three territories working to implement the Common Core Standards, is one of the partnership's 18 governing states leading the assessment development effort and serves as the fiscal agent for the partnership.

The prototypes are intended to be early samples or models of the assessments currently under development and to give educators and the public a glimpse of what the new assessment technology will look like. In addition to the prototypes, every item and task will explain the standard being measured, on which assessment it may appear, and include a link to the Model Content Frameworks. Educators will also find an array of classroom resources to guide them as they transition to the new standards and assessments. Additional sets of prototypes and sample assessment items will be developed over the next two years.

A list of frequently asked questions (PDF, 107KB) is attached.

About the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers: The U.S. Department of Education awarded Race to the Top assessment funds to a consortium of 23 states, called the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, for the development of a K-12 assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English, language arts and mathematics. These new assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.