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The second key question in our framework 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.

The State of Iowa has adopted a new state test called the Iowa Comprehensive Assessment of Progress, or I-CAP,  that students will take next in spring of 2019. All students in grades 3 through 11 will take tests in reading, language and writing, and mathematics. All students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take a science test. This is a brand new test with new test questions each school year that are developed by Iowa Educators and field tested on Iowa students. These new tests are closely aligned to the Iowa Core.

This new test will feature of variety of test question formats and be offered online as well as in a paper/pencil format. Practice materials will be available sometime after November 2018 and you can be sure Perry teachers will be studying them and using them with students!

Other tests
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 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