First week of new online state testing opens

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Students at some SCUSD schools began taking the new online Smarter Balanced Assessments this week.

The computer-based tests are replacing the paper-and-pencil California Standards Tests students are accustomed to taking in the spring.

Because this year is a practice run of the tests, scores will not be reported to schools or parents this summer.

Testing will continue at schools around the district through May 16. So far, schools where testing is taking place report that students are focused and on task despite a few glitches with the transition to the new assessments.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are aligned with the new Common Core State Standards, learning goals for every grade level that are aimed at better preparing students for college and careers.

Parents can help their students prepare for the new tests by making sure children get plenty of sleep, a healthy breakfast and practice keyboarding skills. To learn more, click here.