Part I has been eliminated for all assessments in the 2016-17 school year. Instead, the math assessment will be given at the end of the school year over the course of three shorter subparts. Concepts that had been incorporated into Part I will now be assessed using math problems called integrated tasks, which will include problem-solving skills. As was the case for last year’s test, there will be a mix of calculator-permitted and calculator-prohibited subparts.
Depending on the grade, a student in grades 3-8 will see a reduction of 20-25 minutes in math. Each End of Course assessment in math has been shortened by 65 minutes—which is more than a 30 percent reduction from last year.
Assessment blueprints, which outline the number of questions devoted to various groups of standards, are now available here.