Illinois schools participate in practice exams


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- About 125,000 Illinois public school students will be taking practice exams beginning this week to prepare for the new set of learning standards the state is set to adopt next year.


The tests, which are being administered in about 1,800 schools, are tied to learning metrics called the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by Illinois and dozens of other states.


Illinois will implement the new standards and testing in full next year.


The tests by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers replaces the current Illinois Standards Achievement test that's given to third- through eighth-graders and the Prairie State Achievement Exam that's given to high school juniors.


The Illinois State Board of Education says the pilot test takers are a representative sample of Illinois students.

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