- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s public school students will start taking a new standardized test this week to gauge how well they’re meeting the new Common Core educational standards.

The reading and math tests are considered more difficult than the older, multiple-choice tests. Under the Common Core tests, students will be asked to find the answers to problems and, in some cases, explain their reasoning.

The Smarter Balanced exam will be given to students in grades 3 through 8 and high school juniors in 17 states this spring.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1COW1eg ) the exam is administered by computer and questions will adjust in difficulty as students answer previous ones to indicate more precisely what they know.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says this year’s test scores will give the state’s schools a starting point from which to build.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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