According to state educators, the new standards will encourage students to use critical thinking to analyze, research and write about non-literary texts and apply mathematics to real-world problem solving.
In the months ahead, school officials will examine whether they need to install more computers to accommodate students as they take the exams.
School board member
"In some of these schools, you're rotating a lot of kids through and you're talking about tests that are several hours long," he said. "There seems to be a lot of concern."
Burbank Unified Supt.
To help inform the public about the tests, Burbank Unified officials have provided a link to sample test questions on the district's website.
When students take the exam in 2015, the test will adapt to their knowledge level.
If a student chooses the wrong answer to a question, the test will respond with an easier one. A student's correct answer will spur a more challenging question. Once students repeatedly respond correctly to questions at a certain difficulty level, evaluators will know that is their top performance.
School officials plan to spend about
"I think, overall, everybody's excited about [the new standards] because they represent a significant shift and a more rigorous, thoughtful curriculum that teachers have been asking for a long time," she said. "However, it does create some anxiety because it is upon us."
The district will pay about
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