Aligned to our Common Core Curriculum, The Smarter Balanced tests include writing at every tested grade level, new question types, and performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate research, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Test questions come in many forms, and allow students to interact with graphs and to type their own responses in addition to selecting answers in a multiple-choice format. Essay questions give students the opportunity to use evidence from multiple sources to build arguments and explain their reasoning.
The tests will given in sections over a few days. These tests are not timed, and students will be allotted the time they need to complete the test. While the test takes longer than the OAKS tests used previously, students will be tested only one time at each designated grade level.
Who takes the tests?
The tests are given in both English and in math at grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11.
If you have questions about the Smarter Balanced tests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our education team will provide a response.
If you have a question about your student’s unique needs or participation in the test, please contact your school principal.