Smarter Balanced


What is Smarter Balanced?
Smarter Balanced is a student assessment system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. It will replace the NECAP assessment.  The new assessment will be used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and ultimately how ready students are for college and career education and training.


What Subjects Are Tested With Smarter Balanced?
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has developed a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics.


Which Grades Will be Tested?
Grades 3-8 and 11. 


When Will Students be Tested?
The first Smarter Balanced test in the school will be held in Spring 2015.


How are Students Tested?
Smarter Balanced capitalizes on the precision and efficiency of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). The assessments go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.


What is the Composition of the Testing?
Smarter Balanced assessments go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions.


Additional Information
For more information visit the NHDOE Smarter Balanced and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium websites.
 For more information contact the School Counseling Center (Guidance). 

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