WATSONVILLE — In the spring, students throughout California will take part in what has become an annual ritual — undergoing a comprehensive test designed to gauge what they have learned over the school year.
But this year’s test, which will occur April 7 through May 16 and be given to students in third through eighth and eleventh grades, will be vastly different from what students and teachers have seen in the past.
The so-called Smarter Balanced field tests will be the official premier of the Common Core State Standards, a new nationwide system designed to prepare students for college and careers and produce a tech-savvy workforce by boosting students’ problem solving skills and teaching them to think critically.
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