SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS
What is Smarter Balanced?
To help students on the pathway for success after high school, Washington adopted career- and college-ready learning standards, which define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. In Washington, we measure how students and schools are doing in meeting these standards with the Smarter Balanced assessment. The assessment measures knowledge and skills that are important to students' futures, including problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing. The assessments are one tool to help students and parents better understand how students are progressing and help teachers better direct additional help or accelerated learning. Taking the Smarter Balanced assessment helps students know if they are on track to be ready for work or college.
Ready Washington is a resource for students, parents, teachers and the community to better understand how Smarter Balanced assessments can be a tool to advance students' education. Keep reading to find a variety of resources to use Smarter Balanced to plan your path.
What Tests Do Washington Students Take?
In spring 2017:
Top Three Reasons to Take Smarter Balanced Assessments
Get Familiar with Smarter Balanced Using a Practice Test
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Using Smarter Balanced Scores to Chart Your Path
Parents' Guide to Assessments in WA
Six-page parent guide by the National PTA, Washington State PTA and Ready WA.
Infographic: Using Smarter Balanced scores to chart your path
Handout: Why we're asking more of out students in WA
Web page: State testing information from OSPI
FAQ: What do Smarter Balanced scores mean?
FAQ: How standards/assessments prepare students for college
FAQ: State testing in Washington