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Smarter Balanced Launches Field Test of Assessments


OLYMPIA, Wash. – March 25, 2014  - Member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) began administering a Field Test of the assessment today in schools across the country. The Field Test is a practice run that allows teachers and students to gain experience with computerized assessments aligned to the Common Core before […]

Statement by Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., Executive Director, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium on release of assessment evaluation report by Michigan Department of Education


OLYMPIA, Wash. — December 02, 2013 — I commend the Michigan Department of Education for its thorough and objective evaluation of assessment options available to measure student progress toward college and career readiness. I am pleased for the confirmation that the Smarter Balanced Assessment System—which has been designed by state assessment professionals from the 26 […]

Smarter Balanced Statement on California Assessment Legislation


OLYMPIA, Wash. — October 2, 2013 —  Smarter Balanced Executive Director Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., issued the following statement on the signing of AB 484 by California Governor Jerry Brown:   “I congratulate Governor Brown, the state legislature, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for adopting a groundbreaking plan to modernize the state’s K-12 student assessment […]

Smarter Balanced Adopts Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines


Policy will ensure next-generation assessments meet the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities   OLYMPIA, Wash. — September 11, 2013 — The Governing States of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) voted to approve the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines in advance of a large-scale Field Test of the assessment system in […]

Governing States Approve Data Privacy Policy Principle


At a meeting in Los Angeles on September 10, Smarter Balanced Governing States voted to move forward with the development of a student data privacy policy. Consistent with the Consortium’s state-led governance and its commitment to responsible flexibility, the vote affirmed that each member state will retain control of student data generated by the assessment […]

Smarter Balanced Launches Spanish Webpage to Reach Broader Audience


Translated materials now available for teachers, parents, and students   OLYMPIA, Wash. — September 5, 2013 — The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) launched a Spanish webpage today with downloadable factsheets for teachers, parents, and students. The webpage provides information on the assessment system and the Consortium’s work to meet the needs of all […]

Smarter Balanced to Convene Member States and Education Experts in Los Angeles


State Education Chiefs Policy Meeting Open to the Public   OLYMPIA, Wash. — September 3, 2013 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) will host a conference at the University of California, Los Angeles to discuss the design and implementation of the assessment system. The meeting is being held in partnership with the National […]

Smarter Balanced Expands Field Test Availability


OLYMPIA, Wash. — August 27, 2013 — The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) confirmed today that its member states will have the option of administering Field Tests of the next-generation assessments to significantly larger numbers of students this school year than required to ready the exams for full-scale use in 2014-15.   “The primary […]

West Virginia’s D’Brot Elected to the Smarter Balanced Executive Committee


OLYMPIA, Wash. – August 6, 2013 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced today that Governing States elected Juan D’Brot of West Virginia to the Executive Committee. D’Brot is Executive Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Research for the West Virginia Department of Education. He fills the remainder of the term vacated by Dan […]

Wyoming Becomes a Smarter Balanced Governing State


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced that Wyoming changed its membership status from advisory to governing.

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