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States Move Forward with Smarter Balanced

09/04/14

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

06/06/14

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

05/01/14

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

04/24/14

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 […]

Smarter Balanced Launches Field Test of Assessments

03/25/14

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

12/02/13

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

10/02/13

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

09/11/13

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

09/11/13

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

09/06/13

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 […]

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