Pilot, Practice and Field Tests
Washington is an active participant in the Consortium. This gives us an opportunity to participate in pilot testing.
Scientific Sample Pilot (February 20-May 24, 2013): Schools recruited as part of the scientific sample administered one content area (either English language arts or math) in up to two grades. Although the assessment was untimed, it was expected to last approximately three hours. (List of schools that have agreed to participate in the Scientific Pilot:
XLSX or PDF).
Practice Test (Available beginning May 29, 2013): Due to the
overwhelming demand for access to the Volunteer Pilot assessment from
principals, teachers, parents and the public, Smarter Balanced released a more
complete and more broadly available “Practice Test.”
Like the planned Volunteer Pilot, the Practice Test allows students to
experience items that look and function like those found on the Scientific Pilot
and is available to everyone. It does not require a unique username and
password, and advanced registration is not necessary. Schools and districts may
use the Practice Test for professional development activities. And it can be
used for discussions with parents, policymakers, and anyone else who is
interested in seeing what Smarter Balanced is all about.
There is now a Phase 2 of the Practice Test, which includes expanded accommodations to cover all grades and the addition of mathematics performance tasks and associated scoring rubrics.
For questions about the Practice Test, please
email the Smarter Balanced Help Desk or call toll-free: 1-855-833-1969.
Field testing (Spring 2014): Many schools have chosen to
participate in the Smarter Balanced field test in the spring of 2014. We are
still looking for more 11th-grade participation. If your school or district is
interested, please let
Robin Munson know by December 3.
Much information about the field test administration will be available soon. In the meantime, if you have questions regarding Smarter Balanced, contact the