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Smarter Balanced Assessment TransitionFrequently Asked Questions (updated 9.25.14)QuestionsGENERAL INFORMATIONWhat is the Smarter BalancedAssessment Consortium?When will the new assessment bein place?Are teachers involved in buildingthe assessment system?How will the Smarter Balancedassessment differ from the NECAPassessment?Answers(Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium working collaboratively to develop the next-generation of assessment alignedto common academic standards (see New Hampshire College- and Career-Ready Standards Frequently Asked Questions),in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. New Hampshire is a Governing State (meaning the state has votingrights in the development of the assessment) in the Consortium.The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will be fully implemented in the spring of 2015. States will administer thesummative assessment during the last 12 weeks of the school year.Yes. Engaging teachers in the design of an assessment system provides improvements in teaching and learning.Smarter Balanced states have worked closely with administrators, teachers, and students for more than two years toensure a smooth roll-out of the new assessments, and to make sure schools and teachers have the right supports inplace. For the past two years, Smarter Balanced has worked directly with teachers and students across the country—through labs, discussions, the development of more than 20,000 test questions, and a preliminary Pilot Test last year—toensure that the assessments accurately measure the full breadth and depth of the Common Core.The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace existing statewide assessments in mathematics, reading andwriting (the NECAP) and offer significant improvements over assessments of the past, including: writing at every grade;expanded accessibility features to meet the needs of all students; and performance tasks that ask students todemonstrate an array of research, writing, and real-world problem solving skills. The new assessment will go beyond themultiple-choice assessments of the past by engaging students in a variety of test items that more closely reflect theteaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms. These test items will require students to think more critically.The use of computer adaptive technology is more precise and efficient than form (paper/pencil) testing, providing resultsfor teachers and students in a matter of weeks. It gives quick results that teachers and administrators can use todifferentiate instruction better meeting the needs of their students in “real time.” In addition to measuring studentachievement at the end of the school year, the Smarter Balanced Assessment System will provide information during theyear to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help. Theassessment system features flexible interim assessments that schools and districts can implement to gauge studentprogress during the year and inform instruction, as well as a Digital Library of teacher-selected resources on classroombased formative assessments (SBAC Educator Communications Toolkit, Summer 2014).1

What happens after SmarterBalanced assessments in 2014?What are the Achievement LevelDescriptors (ALDs)?Governing states accepted recommendations from the Sustainability Task Force to include a scope of services/plans toengage the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA’s GraduateSchool of Education and Information Studies. This will provide research support and a full array of administrative servicesafter the conclusion of the federal grant in 2014. Ongoing development with continuous improvement will be integratedin overall sustainable efforts by the governed member states.Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) are text statements that articulate the knowledge, skills and abilities in allcategories of performance on the assessment. They describe how students collectively progress towa

Yes. Testing resources have been developed by Smarter Balanced to support schools and students in the next generation of assessment. Smarter Balanced offers both practice tests and training tests. These are available to the public and schools. While these resources were developed for schools and students involved in the Spring 2014 field test they

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