You can gain background knowledge in understanding the state assessments in a number of ways. We suggest the following:
View How Do We Test What Students Have Learned in K - 8?
View sample and public released items
View the rubrics and sample constructed responses to understand how MSA is scored?
View the public release items of the high school assessments
View How Do We Test What Students Have Learned in 9 - 12?
Practice scoring constructed responses