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posted: 10/31/2012 5:30 AM

Tough new 'Common Core' tests designed to better prepare students

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  • Beginning in 2014, students statewide will begin taking new standardized tests that will ask them to demonstrate how they solved a problem, instead of just providing the answer. The approach is a key piece of the "Common Core" standards initiative adopted by Illinois and 47 other states.

       Beginning in 2014, students statewide will begin taking new standardized tests that will ask them to demonstrate how they solved a problem, instead of just providing the answer. The approach is a key piece of the "Common Core" standards initiative adopted by Illinois and 47 other states.
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State education officials say the current method of testing students isn't properly measuring their progress, but they're hoping the implementation of a new set of internationally benchmarked learning standards in english and math will change that. the so-called "common core" standards have been adopted by illinois and 47 other states in an attempt to better prepare students for higher education and beyond.

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