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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Why do we need assessments like Smarter Balanced?
- What are the benefits of taking the Smarter Balanced assessment?
- Is taking the Smarter Balanced assessment optional?
- What does college-and career-ready mean?
- What do the Smarter Balanced scores mean?
- How do the Smarter Balanced assessments create a personalized pathway for students to be college ready?
- How are the higher education and the K-12 communities helping students become college-ready?
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