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Children First: Students, educators call new standardized tests difficult

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Schools across the country are implementing Common Core Standards.  The next step in the multi-year development of the changes  is a field test.  

Beginning this week, students will get a preview of the new Smarter Balanced assessment.

Unlike other standardized tests, the Smarter Balanced assessment is taken on the computer. It also includes a set of rigorous questions that often demand more than a quick multiple choice response.

Educators say this is the new normal for standardized tests across the country, and it is undoubtedly more difficult. 

"I think this year could be a struggle for some of the kids, but I think as the kids are getting used to some of the tests and computers they'll be fine with it," said Anne Solinsky, fifth grade teacher at Zion Lutheran School in Rapid City.

The tests are not timed, but the assessment is expected to take around seven hours. The language arts and math tests will be broken into blocks.  Breaks in 20 minute increments are allowed.
 
Third through eighth graders and eleventh graders will take the assessment.

Schools aren't required to have students take it this year because it is a field test, however, next year they will have to be tested.
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