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. Additional resources, including sample test questions and resources that will help educators, parents, and students to become more familiar with the assessment, will be available in the future.