While the overwhelming majority of states have adopted Common Core academic standards, states are still setting different definitions of what it means to be “proficient” on annual math and reading tests.

And many states, a new study says, set a significantly lower bar for “proficient” on their annual states tests than does the National Assessment for Educational Progress — which administers a biennial national exam given to sample students in the fourth and eighth grades to measure progress, reports Emma Brown.

In 2015, many states used one of two Common Core tests developed with multimillion-dollar grants from the Obama administration: the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam and the Smarter Balanced exam—with the students who took PARCC exam facing a considerably tougher scoring regime.

Read more at The Washington Post



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