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A Review of Sample Questions Released by PARCC: Implications for Mathematics

Though the questions themselves may look similar to the questions teachers and students are familiar with on the current NJ ASK, the new PARCC assessment will introduce some novel formatting and response techniques that will increase the rigor of standardized testing.

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Helping Your Child Succeed in a Climate of Educational Change

With the introduction of the Common Core Standards, school districts across the country have had to adjust their curriculum, testing procedures, and teaching methodologies. With change comes uncertainty, and the stress of the unknown carries with it the potential to affect all involved parties… including students.

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Test Stress and Your Child: Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Position Your Child for Success

In the 2014-2015 school year, students across the country will be taking new standardized tests. Of the 45 states that will make this transition, students will either take the PARCC Assessment, or the SMARTER Balanced Asessment: both will be aligned with the Common Core Standards.

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Surviving Standardized Tests: Helping Students Make the Grade

With standardized tests right around the corner, teachers may worry about their students’ ability to succeed on the test – especially with the transition many states are making to Common Core-aligned tests. 81 more words

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Making the Shift: Common Core Teacher Resources

New teacher evaluations. New state tests. New standards. The myriad educational changes may seem overwhelming at times, especially for teachers who are trying to juggle the typical demands of a classroom, all the while adjusting their instruction and practice to reflect the continual educational shifts. 49 more words

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Overview of the PARCC Speaking and Listening Assessments

With the upcoming PARCC implementation for the 2014-2015 school year, many teachers and administrators are familiarizing themselves with the new test format – while also making instructional changes as needed to align with the Common Core and better prepare their students for the assessment. 64 more words

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Dealing with Stress and NJ ASK: Tips for Students and Teachers

In all walks of life, we are susceptible to pressure and stress – resulting in negative side effects that range from health complications, to constant worry, to a feeling of general anxiety or unhappiness. 87 more words

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