Alaska Joins the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Last Frontier State will be an Advisory State in the Consortium


OLYMPIA, Wash.— April 22, 2013 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced today that Alaska joined the Consortium as an Advisory State. With the addition of Alaska, Smarter Balanced includes 26 member states and territories working collaboratively to develop a next-generation assessment system for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.


“We are pleased to have Alaska join the Consortium,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., executive director of Smarter Balanced. “Alaska’s insights will help ensure that the assessment system meets the needs of students and teachers.”


As an Advisory State, Alaska may participate in Consortium work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system that will measure college and career readiness and provide actionable information to improve teaching and learning.


“Alaska is both honored and excited to join Smarter Balanced,” said Erik McCormick, director of assessment, accountability, and information management at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. “We look forward to sharing our unique expertise in our advisory role. The resources that the Consortium offers will benefit Alaska in preparing our students to be college- and career-ready.”


A full list of Smarter Balanced members is available online:




About Smarter Balanced
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together states to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven process to help all students thrive in a knowledge-driven global economy. The Consortium’s projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, comprising 99 percent of activity resources, with the remaining support provided through generous contributions of charitable foundations. Membership is open to any interested U.S. state. For more information, please visit

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