Smarter Balanced Math Benchmark


Note: The 2015 school year was the first administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments. Final results are expected to be available in early September.

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math from Kindergarten through twelth grade.

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.

The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

For more information about learning standards and state testing visit For more information about learning standards and state testing visit OSPI's online brochure, Your Child's Progress.​

 What does a State Test Score Mean?

  • Level 4 - Exceeds State Standard
    • Represents advanced mastery of skills and knowledge in a subject
  • Level 3 - Meets State Standard
    • Represents mastery of skills and knowledge in a subject.
  • Level 2 - Below State Standard
    • Represents some mastery of skills and knowledge in a subject
  • Level 1 - Well-Below State Standard
    • Represents little to no mastery of skills and knowledge in a subject

 3rd View Benchmark

Understanding the data

State assessments are administered in the spring, and scored by the State. The results are typically distributed to school districts in the summer.

The benchmark displays the percentage of students who scored at each level of the assessment, and may be viewed by district, region, school, and race. The data can be further filtered by gender, English Language Learner status, free and reduced lunch status, and special education status.​


Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identified as 2015 on the chart.​



Number of students receiving a specific score divided by the total number of students to be assessed at the specified grade level.

Data Retrieval Schedule

State data is loaded to the student information system when made available by the state. This typically ocurs in late August. The data is then load to the data warehouse in early September.

Input From

Data warehouse​