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Today, Smarter Balanced Field Testing Starts

Today, students in Grades 3-8 and Grade 11 are slated to begin taking “field test” versions of the new on-line student assessments that are synchronized with the Common Core State Standards.

More than three million students will be “piloting” the exams in math and English, according to the State Department of Education.

Thanks to CTA-backed AB 484 by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) that was approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last year, schools have a year’s reprieve from the outdated California STAR exam so that the new Smarter Balance Assessments can be phased in to replace them.

In preparation for the exam start today, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson held meetings with local education officials and news media to discuss what his office is calling a “test of a test” to help gauge many factors, including the capacity of the technology.

Learn more about the testing program the California Department of Education’s website.

Read more about the challenges facing schools as they implement the new testing in an article from EdSource.

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