Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
is a bipartisan, state-led group developing assessments aligned to the Common
Core State Standards in English language arts and math.
The Common Core standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.
More than just a once-a-year test, Smarter Balanced is a system:
“Summative” tests are required. They will take place during the last 12 weeks of the school year. These computer-based tests will help schools evaluate how well their students performed by comparing them with students from other schools across the nation. The end-of-year assessments also will empower families by providing them with a clear indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness.
“Interim” tests are optional. They are flexible, non-secure periodic assessments to be offered at teachers’ and schools’ discretion throughout the school year. These computer-based tests will provide meaningful feedback that teachers can use to help students succeed.
Our assessment system is determined by the state legislature. How these new tests will fit into the assessment system has not yet been finalized across all grades. To receive updates as they become available, please sign up for OSPI’s monthly e-newsletter TEACH.
Here’s what we know:
Starting in the 2014-15 school year,
- The new Smarter Balanced tests will replace the math, reading and writing portions of the MSP students in grades 3-8. The science portion of
the MSP (tested in grades 5 and 8) will remain the same.
- 11th graders will take the high school level of the new Smarter Balanced tests, but meeting standard on the tests is not a
graduation requirement until the Class of 2019.
- Students will not take the new Smarter Balanced tests in grades K-2, 9, 10 or 12.