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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Schools Look For Higher Bar With Common Core, But Are The Tests Too Hard?

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller's eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Jessica Robinson/Northwest News Network)

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller’s eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. (Jessica Robinson/Northwest News Network)

Parents of school-aged children in more than 20 states have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is the new standardized test that’s set to replace current state math and language arts tests.

It’s billed as the “next generation” of assessment — a test that hopes to capture students’ abilities with more depth than traditional standardized tests.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho that some critics say the new test runs into the same old problems.


  • Jessica Robinson, inland Northwest correspondent for Northwest News Network, reporting from the bureau in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She tweets @jessixarobinson.

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