But unfortunately a focus on tests looms large this school year. In a few months, the first results of PARCC — the new test aligned to Common Core — will be released. When those results come out, be careful about jumping to quick conclusions. In the first year of a new test, scores typically drop as students adjust to new formats, developmentally inappropriate or confusing questions are discovered, and technology and other implementation problems are ironed out. Take the time to understand the results, but also the context and caveats.