The implementation of the Common Core State Standards will largely overhaul assessments, asserts Kristen Swanson, senior educational technology leader for BrightBytes. In this article, she writes about the shifts in context, rigor and synthesis under common-core-aligned assessments and offers examples of each change. These changes, she writes, will require teachers to alter the way they prepare students for standardized tests, in part, by having students research, create and problem-solve -- all while using various sources and tools.

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