In Washington, 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. Students will not take the new Smarter Balanced tests in grades K-2, 9, 10 or 12.
- 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.
- There are three components in the Smarter Balanced system: Digital Library, Interim Assessments and Summative Assessments. Washington schools will have access to all of these.
- “Interim” assessments 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.
- Available this fall, the Smarter Balanced Digital Library will provide resources that support K-12 educators with the four attributes of formative assessment: Clarify Intended Learning, Elicit Evidence, Interpret Evidence, and Act on Evidence. Through the library teachers will have access to searchable database of 1000’s of vetted high-quality grade and subject specific, Common Core aligned Education Resources. In addition to this educator-contributed content, the library will contain two-types of interactive, multimedia modules built by experts: Subject- and grade-specific Exemplar Instructional Modules that model the formative assessment process in the context of the Common Core State Standards and Professional Learning Modules on Assessment Literacy designed to help educators deepen their understanding of the formative assessment process in daily instruction.
Teacher Voice Wanted for SBAC
This summer and fall, educators can participate in two important projects with Smarter Balanced. SBAC is looking for feedback from K-12 teachers on the Digital Library of formative assessment tools and resources. In addition, teachers and higher education faculty can sign up to participate in the process of establishing achievement levels for the assessments. More information about these opportunities—and how to get involved—click here.