Several education officials in Mississippi say the $29.50 per student charge for the new Common Core State Standards math and language arts assessments are cheaper than current exams and offer a fuller picture of student achievement. Changes that some education officials say they welcome include the online testing format that requires students to use critical-thinking skills. "The students will be able to interact with graphs, manipulate shapes, click on an excerpt of an essay and then a video with the task of typing an essay explaining the similarities/differences of the content they read or watched," said Richard Bailko, with the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Student Assessment.
Some Miss. educators say common core tests are worth the investment
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