Joe Willhoft, Executive Director

Pilot Test Launched

This month, Smarter Balanced is launching a Pilot Test of the assessment system. This marks an important milestone in the development of assessments that will give teachers and parents a clearer picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help.

The Smarter Balanced Pilot Test represents the first large-scale tryout of items and performance tasks, and it will allow the Consortium to understand how the test and the technology behind it perform. More than one million students in Smarter Balanced Governing States were recruited to participate in the Pilot Test—and schools in all member states may volunteer. More information about the Pilot Test is included in the January/February Smarter News and on the Pilot Test webpage.

With the start of the Pilot Test, the development of the assessment system is moving into a new phase. I’m pleased to report that our work remains on time and on track thanks to the extraordinary work of member states, partners, and educators.

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