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Students still waiting on Common Core results


According to PBS NewsHour, students are still waiting for their Common Core state standards testing results. The exams, given last spring to around 12 million kids, have not all been tallied.

Common Core results
PBS stated that only seven states have released the testing scores: Oregon, Connecticut, Idaho, West Virginia, Washington, Missouri and Vermont. If your students are not enrolled in these areas, they have not yet received their scores. 

Similarly, none of the nearly 5 million students who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests have received their results. The scores are set to be released this fall.

Common Core and schools
While students may be looking forward to receiving their exams to show their parents just how much they've learned, schools have a similar reason for wanting the results as soon as possible. When an educational institution finds out these numbers, it is better able to cater its classes to students' needs. Once the scores are released, schools can understand what subjects need more attention and even judge teachers' performance based on how well the students are doing. 

Many schools also utilize their results to gain insight into better ways to use the Common Core state standards prep tests. Institutions with good scores can even use the scores as proof that certain teaching methods are useful or to procure funding for educational endeavors. 

While you wait
There is no official release date on which every state will send out students' scores. Instead, each one has it's own plan. California, for example, is set to release the scores Sept. 9 at 11 a.m., according to SFGate. Talk with your school administrators to see when they expect the Common Core testing results to be released.

It's important to understand these results may not show students at the best of their abilities. Not everyone can focus on testing while quelling nerves and remembering what they've learned. You can adjust your teaching methods based on how students do on the test. Apply this knowledge to possibly even adding a test-taking unit to your curriculum to better ready students for upcoming assessments. Also, remember to turn to Common Standards test practice as a good way to give your pupils a taste of what's to come during the real thing as well as gauge how they will do.