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National Evaluations Again Confirm Quality and Alignment of Smarter Balanced End-of-Year Test


Two more external evaluations have declared Smarter Balanced to be a high-quality test strongly aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The Smarter Balanced high school test received the highest possible ratings. The extensive alignment studies—conducted in grades 5 and 8 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and in high school by the Human Resources […]

Nation’s Best Teachers Say Smarter Balanced Is Dramatically Better than Old State Tests


November 18, 2015 — The nation’s best teachers said they believe using the Smarter Balanced assessment system puts students on a better trajectory than previous state tests, according to a report issued today. Working in conjunction with EducationCounsel, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year reviewed several end-of-year assessments and compared them to […]

Close to 200 Colleges and Universities to Use Smarter Balanced Scores as Part of Placement


April 15, 2015 — High school students who take the Smarter Balanced exam in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington could enter postsecondary institutions and directly enroll in credit bearing courses. Colleges and universities in these six states will use the high school score as evidence that students are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing […]

Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Level Recommendations


OLYMPIA, WASH. (November 17, 2014) —Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have voted to approve initial achievement levels for the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessments that will be administered in 17 states and one territory this school year. The vote marks an important milestone in the development of the assessment system.   […]

Smarter Balanced Hires Deputy Executive Director


OLYMPIA, Wash. — November 7, 2014 — The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) has appointed Luci Willits as its deputy executive director. Willits joins the state-led consortium December 8. As deputy executive director, Willits will focus on strategy and state services, overseeing communications, policy, and partnerships with higher education. Willits served as the chief of staff of […]

Smarter Balanced Announces Leadership Transition


OLYMPIA, Wash. — October 10, 2014 — The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced that executive director Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., will step down at the end of December. Willhoft, who has led the Consortium since 2010, will become a senior technical and strategic advisor and serve on the Technical Advisory Committee. The Executive Committee will appoint Chief […]

States Move Forward with Smarter Balanced


OLYMPIA, Wash. –  September 4, 2014 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced today that nine members have executed agreements with the University of California, Los Angeles, establishing the Consortium as an independent operating unit of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.   This week, the California State Board of Education unanimously […]

Smarter Balanced Announces Timeline for Delivery of Assessments


OLYMPIA, Wash. — June 6, 2014 — The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium today announced the timeline for the delivery of the core components of the assessment system, including the Digital Library of formative tools and practices, optional interim assessments, and the year-end summative assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Following a successful Field Test of the assessment system this spring, […]

Smarter Balanced Approves Achievement Level Setting Design, Career Readiness Frameworks, and Summative Test Blueprints


OLYMPIA, Wash.— May 1, 2014 —The Governing States of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium voted yesterday to move forward with three key policy decisions that ensure the Common Core-aligned assessments are valid, reliable, and fair measurements of college- and career-readiness for all students.

2 Million Students Complete Smarter Balanced Field Test


OLYMPIA, Wash. — April 24, 2014 — Member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium reached a significant milestone this week as 2 million students completed either a full English language arts or mathematics Field Test. Launched on March 25, the Field Test is a practice run that allows teachers and students to gain experience with computerized assessments aligned to the Common […]

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