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For the second year, Washington state students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English language arts and math.
2. Smarter Balanced Assessments will take place several days from
April 18 to June 10. Check with your school for your child’s specific test dates.
3. Smarter Balanced Assessments are
untimed and taken online at a computer during the school day. Students may take multiple days to complete each section of the test.
4. The questions on the Smarter Balanced Assessment are based on the Washington
state learning standards that your child has been working on all year long.
5. Smarter Balanced Assessments are
computer adaptive, meaning test questions will automatically adjust—harder or easier—to each student’s skill level based on previous answers.
6. At all grade levels, Smarter Balanced emphasizes careful reading with
evidence-based responses, applying math concepts to real-life situations and extended
8. Tacoma Public Schools will mail
individual student score reports to each student’s home this fall. Remember, the score on the Smarter Balanced Assessment is just one indicator—among several—of a student meeting grade level standards within the subject matter.
9. The Smarter Balanced Assessment aligns with
college and career readiness standards. Nearly 200 colleges (seven in Washington state) use Smarter Balanced Assessment scores to determine readiness for college courses.
10. Students in 11th grade who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment and go on to college have the
ability to bypass the college course placement exam and possibly start at 100-level, credit-bearing courses with no need to take remedial courses in college. This saves money!
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