The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because these assessments arecomputer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students. These next-generation assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. That means students in all states will be taught to the same high standards.
Smarter Balanced will provide parents, students, and teachers a clearer window on whether students are on track to graduate high school, ready for college and the workplace. The assessments will be ready by the 2014-2015 school year.
Parents and students will receive the results of these assessments from their school system in a readable and easy-to-understand format, most likely online. And parents can use this information to better communicate with teachers and school administrators about their child’s success.
Improving Teaching and LearningThe Smarter Balanced approach includes a number of differences from most state assessments today.
These assessments will be administered online and will go beyond multiple choice questions to include performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate research, writing, and analytical skills.
In addition to a year-end test, teachers will be able to administer interim assessments throughout the school year to monitor student progress and make adjustments to instruction.
Accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners will be built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.