What Parents and Students Should Know

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A Complete Assessment System

With new state standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure these new standards, educators from states using Smarter tests have worked together to develop new, high-quality tests in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school.

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    Better Information for Teachers and Parents

    Teachers can check students’ progress throughout the year, and end-of-year tests measure what students know and how much they’ve improved. Learn more about the assessments.

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    Customized to Each Student

    Using computer adaptive technology, our tests are customized to every student. When a student answers correctly, the next question will be harder, and a wrong answer will lead to an easier question. This format lets students show what they know. Check out our testing technology.

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    Accessible to All Students

    All students, including students with disabilities and English language learners can take the test. Extra features allow all students to demonstrate what they know. Review our supports for all students.

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    Relevant for Life after High School

    Students take the test online and must research, write, and solve problems. These questions measure the critical thinking skills students need for college and careers. Read some Sample Questions.

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    Useful for Improving Teaching

    Our system helps inform teachers’ instruction by identifying where students need more support. Teachers also have access to a digital library of resources to help improve their instruction and meet students’ individual needs. Explore the teacher page.

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Endorsed by Higher Education

More than 220 colleges and universities use Smarter Balanced test scores as evidence that students are prepared for entry-level, credit-bearing coursework.

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Common Questions

We’ve provided a few ways for you to explore the assessments your child is taking:

Smarter Balanced tests are not timed, allowing students take as long as they need to complete the test and demonstrate what they know.

For the purposes of test administration and scheduling, an estimation of testing times is available here.

Smarter Balanced assessments include supports for students with special needs. Learn more about accessibility and accommodations.
Yes. If a need has been identified for a student, Smarter Balanced assessments include additional supports, such as a translated pop-up glossary. Learn more about accessibility and accommodations.
You can read more about how scores are set and determined on the Reporting Scores page.