Education

Getting ready for the Common Core-based test results

Parents will be receiving individual student score reports from school districts. The test scores aim to measure students' skills based on the new Common Core learning standards.
Parents will be receiving individual student score reports from school districts. The test scores aim to measure students' skills based on the new Common Core learning standards.
California Department of Education

California education officials tentatively plan to release test results for the state, schools and districts based on the new Common Core learning standards on Sept. 9.

Districts must send parents a student report on their child's individual scores 20 days after receiving them from the California Department of Education — and many districts have received the scores, so the countdown has begun.

Parents who want to get prepped on understanding the student report they'll receive on their child's individual scores can see samples and guides on the state Department of Education website.

Education officials and school district administrators have been tamping down expectations of the coming test scores. Because the tests aim to measure students' skills on such new learning standards as problem solving and critical thinking, the first round scores won't be stellar, they said.

In addition, almost all of the 3.2 million California students who took the tests this year did so online for the first time. So officials have said students had to learn how to take the digital tests — and that could negatively impact scores.

Students in grades 3 to 8 and 11th-graders took the test covering math and language arts skills starting in the spring. 

More information on the test, alternatively called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or Smarter Balanced exam, is available on the department's website.