Smarter Balanced to Convene Member States and Education Experts in St. Louis

State Education Chiefs Meeting Open to the Public

OLYMPIA, Wash. — September 4, 2012 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) will host a conference in St. Louis to discuss the design and implementation of the assessment system.


The second Smarter Balanced Collaboration Conference will bring together representatives from the Consortium’s 25 member states—including state education chiefs, K-12 state leads, higher education leads, work group members, and contractors—to facilitate coordination on key projects, such as the test delivery, administration, and reporting systems.


State education chiefs will meet during the conference in a two-hour public session to discuss the test blueprint, process for developing achievement level descriptors, the Pilot Test scheduled for early 2013, and sustainability planning. As a state-led consortium, the 21 Smarter Balanced Governing States each have a vote on major policy decisions. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend this session.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Central Time).


Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134


Please RSVP to


State Education Chiefs of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium



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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