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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Smarter Balanced Assessment

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. 

Top 5 Facts About WA's K-12 Learning Standards & Assessments

Real-world skills

Washington’s learning standards and assessments focus on real-world skills that students are learning and practicing in the classroom every day such as problem-solving, critical thinking and writing.

Closing gaps

The assessments help identify achievement gaps and allow school districts and the state to place resources where they are needed the most.

Testing is just one measure

State testing is one of several indicators; in combination with report cards, teacher feedback and classroom work used to create a complete picture of a student’s progress in school.

The right stuff

Washington’s state learning standards and the aligned assessments are designed to prepare students for college, work, and life.

Accessible for all students

The Smarter Balanced tests are designed to accommodate all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners.

Resources

Your Child's Progress

Use this one-page handout to understand what students are expected to learn by grade level. The handout is translated in in the nine most-spoken languages in the state. 

SBA Practice Test 

Take a SBA practice test online for free to become familiar with the system, functionality and item types. If an item appears to be too difficult, encourage students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

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Smarter Balanced Assessment FAQs

Contact

Rebekah Kim 
Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Charity Jensen 
Assessment Project Manager 
206-631-3080

Jennifer Kipp
Data Analyst Manager
206-631-3081

Kelly Wallace-Boughter
Data Analyst
206-631-3085

Robi Wrigley
Data Analyst
206-631-3082

Princess Garvida
Program Data Specialist
206-631-3086