Preparing Students for Success

posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:46 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 6:55 PM ]

In the next few months, our students will begin an assessment period.  To help parents, teachers, and school leaders know whether students are on the path to success, states have joined together to develop improved tests of student achievement.  Administered online, these assessments adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed and grow. 

Key Features

  • Measures critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skills
  • Assessments are untimed and students can take breaks so that they can do their best
  • Accessibility resources for all students and accommodations – such as Braille – for those who need
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  • Developed with input from K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and other experts


Helping Kids Graduate Ready for College and Career

Smarter Balanced member states have worked with thousands of educators to design the assessments so that they meet the needs of teachers. Smarter Balanced is more than just a year-end test. Teachers have access to tools that help them check in on student progress throughout the year, including a Digital Library of teaching resources and optional interim assessments that help teachers plan and improve instruction. 

For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please visit: