By the Numbers: More than 236000 New Student Assessments Done or In Process, Supt. Torlakson Reports
California educators and students have been pretty busy over the past week.
Thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of their students have been helping field test the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that are synched to the new Common Core State Standards.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s office reports that by Day 4 of the field test (March 28):
- More than 230,000 – 236,082 to be precise – computer-assisted student assessments had been started.
- A full 203,940 had been completed.
- A very small number of educators needed an assist from the California Technical Assistance Center to implement the new testing procedure. In fact, CalTAC reported only 524 contacts.
- The difficulties reported included test administrators needing log-in information, schools requesting scheduling changes, and practitioners reporting technical problems that resulted in test images “freezing” on the screen.
Thanks to the passage of AB 484 by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), with backing from Supt. Torlakson and CTA, schools have gained a reprieve from the outdated California STAR exam so that the new Smarter Balance Assessments can be tested and phased in effectively.