In its March meeting, the board voted to release a statement about the benefits of Smarter Balanced assessments. There are several good reasons for Washington students to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
On the assessments’ benefits, board chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón said, “Smarter Balanced assessments help Washington students in two ways. For students who are struggling, the assessment can be used by educators and other stakeholders to identify who needs help and target resources to those students and their families. Students achieving a level 3 or 4 on the assessment can be placed directly into credit-bearing courses at Washington colleges and universities. We now have a system where the pathway to college and career, though not perfect, is much clearer.”
For more information, read the board’s statement addressing participation rates for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and a set of goals about assessment participation and remediation rates (also below).