As a parent and a person who works in the educational assessment arena, the Common Core transition has been a key focus for me this school year. As my 4th grader prepares for her first stab at a new Common Core aligned assessment here in NC, her teachers and I wonder what it's really going to like look. They have attended PD on this throughout the year and we have felt the shifts in learning this year but will it be enough? I have seen a flux of more emphasis on informational texts and multi-step math problems yet I'm not sure of how my child will fair this year. Our state also provides a "practice" assessment that I'm sad to say she didn't breeze through. In eSchoolNews there is an article titled Preparing for Common Core Assessments that provides some additional assessment. So what else as educators and parents can we do? What preparation have you done differently this year and throughout the school year? Let's share ideas and learn together on this.