Teachers "are very excited again with what they’re doing."
Tests were designed to help students prepare for this spring's assessments.
Testing at some schools is underway.
K-2 assessments changing to adapt to the Common Core.
Hiring teachers to score new Common Core tests is a priority.
Timothy Smith teaches math at Florin High School in Sacramento.
Jason Zimba is one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards in math.
Career exploration program is inspired by popular reality show.
State Board of Education gives preview of format for Smarter Balanced scores
Tests are computerized, but humans needed to score critical thinking.
Some states allow parents to opt children out of tests while others don’t.
Districts would get $900 million if extra revenue comes through.
Lower initial scores on the new tests should not be an indictment.
College and career preparation efforts are taking grip in earlier grades.
To complete challenging tasks, students expected to collaborate, persevere.