Photo from a July 31, 2018 4:40PM Education Week article titled "Smarter Balanced Common Core Test Gets Thumbs Up from the Feds" by Stephen Sawchuk, with image featuring a multiple choice test where the student scored an A+

Smarter Balanced members South Dakota and Nevada meet federal peer review requirements in grades 3-8 and high school. This designation means Smarter Balanced is one of two tests in the nation to meet all of the statutory and regulatory United States Department of Education peer review requirements for the general assessments in English language arts/literacy…

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) conduct extensive alignment studies in grades 5 and 8 and high school, respectively, to evaluate Smarter Balanced end-of-year tests against the high-quality assessment criteria created by the Council for Chief State School Officers. The two studies affirm Smarter Balanced tests are high quality, and…

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Nearly 200 institutions of higher education agree to use scores from the Smarter Balanced high school test for placement in credit-bearing courses. Students submit their scores to help determine if they are ready for college-level courses. 

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More than 7 million students across the nation take Smarter Balanced summative assessments for the first time in spring 2015. The assessments provide data to member states to accurately describe both student achievement and student growth to inform program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems. The end-of-year test consists of two parts: a…

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