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Common Core Practice Test

Common Core Practice Test


Here is the Common Core Smarter Balanced Practice Test (SBAC Practice Test) and instructions on how to access it.  If you want to know if your state is participating in this test, please check in this post: What is Common Core? (parent friendly)

Smarter Balanced Practice Test
Click Here

Instructions:

1.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the green square.
The practice test works in some browsers but not in others.  If it doesn’t work for you, try another browser such as Firefox.

2.  Skip the sign in process and just click the “Sign In” button.

3.  On the next page, select a grade and then click the “Yes” button.

4.  Then on the next page, choose a test.

5.  This will bring you to the next page.  Select the option you want, and then press the “Select” button.

6.  On the “Is This Your Test?” page, click the “Yes, Start My Test” button.

7.  Click “Begin Test Now” on the Test Instructions and Help page.

8.  Finally, you can take the practice test.

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What is Common Core? (Parent-Friendly)

Common Core Sample Test Questions

Parent-Friendly Elementary Common Core Standards


Parent-Friendly Middle School and High School Common Core Standards


Free Common Core Teaching Resources

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FREE Common Core Teaching Resources

FREE Common Core Teaching Resources


FREE Common Core teaching resources for Pre-K through 12th Grade.

 Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Common Core Aligned Educational Videos

Open Ed Common Core Videos - The Largest Collection of Educational Videos Aligned To the Common Core Standards

Kindergarten Through 6th Grade Common Core Reading LessonsReadworks Breaks Down The Common Core Standards Into Grade Specific Lessons - Kindergarten Through 6th Grade
 2nd Through 9th Grade Common Core Computer Test Prep Practice
Click your grade on the top toolbar to begin.Common Core Computer Test Prep Practice - Grades 2nd - 9th
 Kindergarten Through Third Grade Common Core ELA Standards By Grade Level With Corresponding Lessons – From Read TennesseeKindergarten Through Third Grade Common Core ELA Standards By Grade Level With Corresponding Lessons - From Read Tennessee
 Pre-K Through 12th Grade Lessons From NCTM
Some lessons also include associated online activities.PreK-12th Grade Online Math Lessons
High School
Common Core Math Tools Lessons From NCTM Common Core Math Tools Lessons For High School
 High School Common Core Math Tools From NCTMCommon Core Math Tools For High School  CPMP Tools Software for Core-Plus MathmaticsCPMP Tools Software for Core-Plus Common Core Mathmatics
 High School Reasoning And Sense Making Task Library From NCTMReasoning and Sense Making Common Core Tasks For High School Kindergarten Through 8th Grade Van de Walle Blackline Masters For Math
From The Van de Walle Professional Mathematics SeriesVan de Walle FREE Blackline Masters Download
Preschool Through 9th Grade Mathmatics Blackline Masters For MathPreschool Through 9th Grade Mathmatics Blackline Masters Free Common Core Worksheets
These are good for basic review. You may want your children to write an explanation of how they arrived at their answers to help them prepare for the Common Core Assessment.  A math journal would be a great way to do this.Common Core Worksheets

All of these resources are free at the time of this posting.
If you find a resource that is no longer free, please message me or comment.

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Kindergarten Through 5th Grade ELA/Reading and Math Parent-Friendly Common Core Standards

Middle School and High School ELA/Reading Kid and Parent-Friendly Common Core Standards

Common Core Practice Test

Common Core Sample Test Questions

What is Common Core? (Parent-Friendly)

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Kid And Parent Friendly Common Core Standards For Middle School and High School

Middle School and High School Kid and Parent Friendly Common Core Standards


Common Core is the national education objectives that are currently in many states*.  (See which ones here).  I have discussed What is Common Core? How will it affect my child? and What can I do to prepare my child for Common Core?  I have also posted sample test questions for the assessment.  In this part of the Common Core series, I am answering the question: What does my child need to know for Common Core?

Each grade level has certain things they need to know at that grade level in math and English Language Arts/Literacy.  States began this test in the 2014-2015 school year.  Below you will find kid friendly versions of these objectives in English Language Arts/Literacy for middle school and high school.

Middle School and High School Common Core Standards Courtesy of April Wulbera

 Math Student Friendly
Common Core Standards For Middle School and High School

 7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math 

Math Standards Courtesy of West Middle School.

To view the Common Core standards in their entirety, please visit corestandards.org.

*Want to know if your state is participating in Common Core?  Check out the end of the post: What is Common Core? to see if your state is listed.

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Common Core Practice Test

Elementary Common Core Standards

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Common Core Sample Test Questions

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Common Core: What Does My Child Need To Know? (Common Core Part 3)

Common Core - What Does My Child Need To Know


Common Core is the national education objectives that are currently in many states.  (See which ones here).  We have discussed What is Common Core? How will it affect my child?  and What can I do to prepare my child for Common Core?  We also have posted sample test questions for the new assessment.  In this part of our Common Core series, we are answering the question: What does my child need to know for Common Core?

Each grade level has certain things they need to know at that grade level in math and English Language Arts/Literacy.  The Common Core tests began in the 2014-2015 school year.  Below you will find parent-friendly versions of the English Language Arts/Literacy objectives for grades kindergarten – fifth grade.

I have updated this section of the post.

Parent-Friendly Standards From April Wulber.

*Want to know if your state is participating in Common Core?  Check out the end of the post: What is Common Core? to see if your state is listed.

To see the Common Core standards in their entirety, please visit corestandards.org.

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Common Core Practice Test


Common Core Sample Test Questions


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Free Common Core Teaching Resources

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Common Core Sample Test Questions (Common Core Part 2)

Common Core Sample Test Questions


I explained Common Core, how it will affect your child, and how to prepare your child in What is Common Core? (Common Core Part 1).  I have also explained what your child will need to know for the new Common Core assessment.  Here are some sample questions of what will be on the Common Core exam.  There are two different main tests.  Find your state below to see which test your child is taking.

Smarter Balanced Sample Test Questions

Smarter Balanced states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan*, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Sample test questions are from the Smarter Balanced assessment developers.

English Language Arts/ Literacy Sample Questions – View other sample questions at other grade levels by hovering at the very top of the screen (blue line) where it says, “View More English Language Arts/Literacy Sample Items.”

Mathmatics Sample Questions – View other sample questions at other grade levels by hovering at the very top of the screen (blue line) where it says, “View More Mathematics Sample Items.”

Smarter Balanced Sample Performance Tasks
Scroll down on the linked page to see all of the performance task.

3rd-5th Grade ELA/Literacy Performance Task 3rd-5th Grade Mathematics Performance Task
6th-8th Grade ELA/Literacy Performance Task 6th-8th Grade Mathematics Performance Task
High School Performance Task High School Performance Task

* The Common Core implementation has been halted in Michigan and is under review.

PARCC Sample Test Questions

**UPDATED**

PARCC states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia*, Illinois, Indiana*, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

Sample test questions are from the PARCC assessment developers.

MATH

ELA/LITERACY

3rd Grade Math 3rd Grade ELA/Literacy
Fractions on Number Line EBSR from End of Year Assessment
Fluency TECR from End of Year Assessment
The Field Prose Constructed Response from Narrative Writing Task
Vans for a Field Trip (NEW) 4th Grade ELA/Literacy
Sample Questions   Choose Elementary School Tasks in the left margin. Click on a 3rd grade link.   Then click “Part a” on the top of the page to see the first sample question. Passage 1 (NEW)
4th Grade Math Passage 2 (NEW)
Subtraction Fluency (NEW) Condensed Scoring Rubric for Prose Constructed Response Items (Draft)
Fraction Model (NEW) 5th Grade ELA/Literacy
Sample Questions   Choose Elementary School Tasks in the left margin. Click on a 4th grade link.   Then click “Part a” on the top of the page to see the first sample question. 5th Grade Passage (NEW)
5th Grade Math Condensed Scoring Rubric for Prose Constructed Response Items (Draft)
The Area of a Cut Board (NEW) 6th Grade ELA/Literacy
Mr. Edmund’s Pencil Box (NEW) Grade 6, Passage #1 (NEW)
6th Grade Math EBSR from Narrative Writing Task (Vocabulary)
Slide Ruler EBSR from Narrative Writing Task
Kelvin’s 100-Meter Dash (NEW) Prose Constructed Response from Narrative Writing Task
Sample Questions  Choose Middle School Tasks in the left margin. Click on a 6th grade link.  Then click “Part a” on the top of the page to see the first sample question. Condensed Scoring Rubric For Prose Constructed Response Items For 6th – 11th Grades (Draft)
7th Grade Math 7th Grade ELA/Literacy
Reading Three Books (NEW) Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Summary)
Proportional Relationships (NEW) TECR from Research Simulation Task
Sample Questions   Choose Middle School Tasks in the left margin. Click on a 7th grade link.  Then click “Part a” on the top of the page to see the first sample question. Prose Constructed Response from Research Simulation Task (Analytical Essay)
8th Grade Math Condensed Scoring Rubric For Prose Constructed Response Items For 6th – 11th Grades (Draft)
Length of Segment AB 10th Grade ELA/Literacy
High School Math EBSR from Literary Analysis Task
High School Functions Vocabulary
Seeing Structure in a Quadratic Equation Prose Constructed Response—Sample #1
Seeing Structure in an Equation Prose Constructed Response—Sample #2
Sample Questions   Choose High School Tasks in the left margin. Choose an example question from the next page. Then click “Part a” on the top of the page to see the first sample question. Condensed Scoring Rubric For Prose Constructed Response Items For 6th – 11th Grades (Draft)
Algebra 1: Myla’s Swimming Pool (NEW)
Algebra II/Math III: Green Tea Observational Study (New!)
Algebra I/Math II: Michelle’s Conjectures (NEW)
Geometry/Math III: Geometric Construction Connection (NEW)
Algebra II/Math III: Temperature Changes (NEW)

(ELA means English Language Arts)

* Georgia and Oklahoma are still implementing the Common Core Standards but withdrew from the PARCC Assessment.

*The Indiana implementation is suspended by law and under public review.

Alaska and Texas are currently not members of the initiative. Nebraska and Virgina are members but have decided not to adopt the standards.  Minnesota has accepted the English/Language Arts standards but has rejected the math standards.

What is Common Core (parent-friendly)
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You may have heard the buzz lately about Common Core.  What is Common Core?  How will it affect your children?  What can you do to prepare your children to meet these standards?

What is Common Core?
Before these standards, each state would decide what students would learn at each grade level.  The Common Core initiative has given the states the same objectives for students to learn at each grade level.  States choose if they will join this initiative.  So far, 42 states* have joined.  States decide how these standards are taught.

How will Common Core Affect My Child?

A test has been created to measure if students have learned what they are expected to learn.  This test started in the 2014-2015 school year.  Each Common Core state has chosen to use either the PARCC RttT **Assessment Consortium test, the Smarter Balanced*** Consortium test, or have created their own test.   The test is given on the computer.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test also includes performance tasks.

These assessments are not your usual multiple choice standardized tests.  For example, you could have 5 possible answers to choose from and two of them could be correct.  The student will pick one of the correct answers and then type why they picked that answer.

See sample test questions.

What can you do to prepare your children to meet these standards?

One of the things states are teaching is keyboarding to help the students take the test.  It’s never too soon to start practicing keyboarding with your children at home.  This will help them focus more on their test taking and less on finding the right letters on the keyboard.

You will find parent-friendly Common Core standards here.  Take a look at these to see what your child needs to know.

You can also take a look at sample Common Core test questions to get an idea of how your children will be tested.

Your children’s teachers are continuing to receive training and instruction on how to  implement the Common Core Standards into their lesson plans.  They are also be preparing your children for the assessment through more writing and answer analysis.

Parent-Friendly Elementary Common Core Standards

Common Core Practice Test

Common Core Sample Test Questions

Parent-Friendly Middle School and High School Common Core Standards

Free Common Core Teaching Resources

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Participation of States

*Alaska and Texas are not members of the initiative. Nebraska and Virgina are members but have decided not to adopt the standards.  Minnesota has accepted the English/Language Arts standards but has rejected the math standards.

 **PARCC states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia****, Illinois, Indiana****, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma****, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

***Smarter Balanced states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

****Indiana withdrew from Common Core in March 2014.  Georgia and Oklahoma are still implementing the Common Core Standards but withdrew from the PARCC Assessment.

There are other states that have introduced legislation to repeal the standards.

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