Higher Ed Approved

More than one-third of all students require developmental education once they enter public two- and four-year colleges. Smarter Balanced worked with higher education leaders and faculty to develop an assessment system that helps prepare high school graduates for the demands of college.

In spring 2017, about 6 million students in grades 3-8 and in high school took the end-of-year Smarter Balanced assessments. Now more than 200 colleges and universities in 10 states have decided to use the assessments as part of a multiple measures approach to determine whether students are in need of remedial support. Additionally, six colleges in South Dakota use Smarter Balanced scores for “guaranteed general admission.

Download the higher education fact sheet (PDF).

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States Using Smarter Balanced Scores

Institutions of higher education in the following states use Smarter Balanced scores. Select a state to read its higher education policy (where available) and see a list of participating schools.