Preparing students for success after high school

In schools across the country, teachers are helping students meet the challenge of the Common Core State Standards—consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level so they can graduate high school prepared for college and the workplace.

These new academic benchmarks challenge students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real world. Educators from Smarter Balanced states worked together to develop high-quality assessments that provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning.

What are the Smarter Balanced Assessments?

End of year tests that measure student achievement and growth in English and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and high school. Interim tests allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year.

Administered online with extended research, writing, and problem solving tasks that measure the critical thinking and problem-solving skills students need for success.

How are students assessed?

Computer adaptive format provides an individualized test for every student; questions get harder when a student answers correctly, and easier when they answer incorrectly.

How does the assessment assist English Language Learners and students with disabilities?

Features for students with disabilities and English Language Learners so that all students can demonstrate what they know.

How are teachers supported?

A Digital Library of tools for teachers to use all year—including professional development materials and instructional resources—to meet students’ individual needs.

The Smarter Balanced assessments replace existing tests in English and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. Administered online, these new assessments adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed.