South Carolina Becomes a Smarter Balanced Governing State

State will take a leading role in the development of next-generation assessments


OLYMPIA, Wash. – June 29, 2012 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced today that South Carolina changed its membership status in the Consortium to Governing. Since 2010, South Carolina has been an Advisory State.


As a Governing State, South Carolina will help shape the design of the assessment system and vote on fiscal and policy decisions. South Carolina teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in writing and reviewing assessment items and performance tasks.


“South Carolina has been an active participant in the Consortium with representatives serving on three of the 10 state-led Smarter Balanced work groups: Accessibility and Accommodations, Formative Assessment Practices and Professional Learning, and Test Design,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., executive director of Smarter Balanced. “I know South Carolina’s decision to become a Governing State went through a thorough and thoughtful process. We are excited about continuing to learn from the Palmetto State’s expertise with high-quality assessments as we develop and implement the Smarter Balanced system.”


Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing a comprehensive assessment system for English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This balanced system of assessments—with formative, interim, and summative components—will measure achievement and growth toward college and career readiness. The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed—regardless of disability, language, or subgroup.


Smarter Balanced now comprises 22 Governing States and five Advisory States. A full list of member states 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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