The second key question is, "How will we know students have learned it (the Iowa Core for their grade level or course)?" Answering this question takes many tools include the Iowa Assessments and formative assessments or assessment for learning.

Here are some useful resources for the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments. These assessments were developed by two different teams of states to assess the Common Core for English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

The Iowa Department of Education has an excellent set of resources to support implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. These resources can be found at Smarter Balanced Mathematics Content.

Here is some background information on the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The Iowa Core is challenging students to understand subject matter more deeply, think more critically, and apply their learning to the real world. To measure these changes, educators from Smarter Balanced states worked together to develop new, high-quality assessments in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school. Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning by adapting to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed in school and after.

Here is a video of Rich Stiggins sharing A New Vision of Excellence in Assessment.

Iowa ASCD continues to develop and update a curated, annotated, collection of web resources on assessment, formative assessment, and the formative assessment process