Company pledges more training, better pay for teachers scoring online tests.
Parents are citing privacy concerns and relevancy of the test.
Some fear complicated instructions could hinder students.
CSU's Early Assessment Program switches to Smarter Balanced with uncertain impact.
Opportunity for staff to rethink how they deliver curriculum and engage kids.
Assessments "require greater critical thinking."
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.
State Board of Education gives preview of format for Smarter Balanced scores
Tests are computerized, but humans needed to score critical thinking.
Lower initial scores on the new tests should not be an indictment.
Third-graders will be expected to type on a keyboard to complete the Smarter Balanced assessments this spring, and typing classes are helping them prepare.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has finally released the "interim assessments" schools can use to gauge how well their students are doing in math and English language arts instruction aligned with the Common Core standards.