Smarter Updates

Learn more about Smarter Balanced’s latest assessment resources and releases, and updates around supports available to schools, districts, and member states.

Smarter Balanced Hires Executive Administrative Officer and Deputy Executive Program Officer

Santa Clara, CA, August 3, 2022—Smarter Balanced is pleased to announce the hirings of Bryce Carpenter, Ph.D. as its new Executive Administrative Officer and Rochelle Michel, Ph.D. as its new Deputy Executive Program Officer. The addition of these highly qualified individuals marks a commitment to building a robust organization committed to serving all students.

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New From Smarter Balanced: Findings from Two Through-Year Assessments Papers

Smarter Balanced is pleased to announce the publication of two papers that explore the viability and use of through-year assessment models.

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Three Steps to Incorporating Juneteenth Learning in the Classroom

On June 19, 1865, a Union general named Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, declaring that the Civil War was over and enslaved African-Americans were free.

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Smarter Balanced Hires Executive Program Officer

Santa Clara, CA, June 13, 2022 – Smarter Balanced is excited to announce the hiring of Lynelle Morgenthaler as its new Executive Program Officer.

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Summer Reading List for Students to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Stories and Characters

Smarter Balanced is celebrating Pride Month this year (June 2022) with a list of books you can share with your students searching for stories to read over the summer.

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New From Smarter Balanced: Findings from Two Practice Briefs

Smarter Balanced is pleased to share the findings from two practice briefs from Stanford University researcher Paulina Biernacki, “Assessing the Options: Considerations for provision of choice in assessment” and “Leveraging Student Perspective: Considerations for connecting assessment systems and multiple ways of knowing.”

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10 Books for Teachers: Summer Reading List

Summer break is fast approaching, which means more opportunities for “me time” and adding books for teachers to your summer reading list!

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7 Accessibility Tools and Resources to Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This month, Smarter Balanced celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which falls on May 19 and motivates audiences to reexamine digital accessibility and reflect on equitable digital access.

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Get to Know the Test: Parent Edition

Parents can continue to engage in their child’s education and help pave each students’ path toward progress by diving into insightful resources. Whether it’s learning about the tools available to students or the types of content they’re learning, it’s important to have a bigger picture of your child’s education.

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Smarter Balanced and National PTA Research Finds Parents Eager for More Information on How Assessment Systems Support Their Child’s Academic Progress

Clear information, actionable resources, and teacher feedback are a few of the key things parents say would be the most helpful toward their efforts to support their child’s academic progress. These findings are the result of focus groups with parents across the nation released by Smarter Balanced and National PTA.

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