Students practice taking new statewide test

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/25 2014 04:36PM

Updated 03/25 2014 05:18PM

ILLINOIS -- This week, some Illinois students are taking a test to help prepare them for a big change. Instead of taking the ISAT next year, Illinois students will take the PARCC exam.

This week, about 125,000 students are getting a feel for it through a practice test. The tests won't be graded, but since practice makes perfect, school administrators are happy for the opportunity.

The Common Core Standards was adopted by Illinois. Starting next year, the state's 860 school districts will take the new test called the "Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College Careers."

It replaces the current ISAT and Prairie State Achievement exams. 21 schools in Springfield's District 186 are taking part in the test run. The practice tests are going on all week.

Not only will some schools get an early look at next year's exams, but the entire process should help the state. The State Board of Education says the new PARCC assessment system should increase the number of graduating students and better prepare them for success after graduating.

Common Core was developed by the National Governors' Association and state education superintendents. Indiana was among 45 states which, in recent years, adopted the new standards.

Monday, it was the first state to formally withdraw from the Common Core System. Oklahoma is one of a half-dozen states considering doing the same.

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