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CCSS Update: Volume III, Issue 4, February 4, 2014

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

New Resources

Smarter Balanced Training Tests Now Available

On January 30, Smarter Balanced released a set of Training Tests to provide a means for students and teachers to:

  • Quickly become familiar with the features of the Smarter Balanced assessment software interface.
  • Experience new item types that do not currently appear on the Practice Tests.
  • Preview universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

A Training Test is available for each of three grade bands: grades three through five; grades six through eight; and high school. There are six to nine items per grade band per content area (i.e., English language arts and mathematics). The Training Tests contain the same item response types as the Practice Tests, but unlike the Practice Tests, there are no performance tasks or scoring guides for the Training Tests. The Smarter Balanced Training Tests are available through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

Achieve the Core Common Core Resources for Parents and Community Members

Achieve the Core has made available a collection of resources for parents and community members introducing the CCSS, including information about the standards; guides, roadmaps, and videos for parents; and teacher and business support for the CCSS. To view these resources, please visit the Achieve the Core Web page External link opens in new window or tab.


The National Education Association’s Master Teacher Project has made available, for free, over 3,000 complete, high-quality CCSS-aligned lessons. To browse this collection, please visit the CC.BetterLesson Web page External link opens in new window or tab..


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