The Smarter Balanced Field Test has concluded, capping 12 weeks of test-driving new computer-based assessments that will be fully operational next year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced. More than 3.1 million California students—among four million nationwide—took part in the tryout of the new assessments.
“Thanks to this trial run, California’s students and schools are headed into our new assessments next year with confidence about what they can expect,” Torlakson said. “The field test gave us an opportunity to measure the quality of test items, determine our technological readiness, and experience a whole new way of testing. Now we know that the system as a whole is in very strong shape, and we know where local challenges lie in time to address them.”