The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.
- These next-generation assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. That means students in all states will be taught to the same high standards.
- Smarter Balanced will provide parents, students, and teachers a clearer window on whether students are on track to graduate high school, ready for college and the workplace.
- Parents and students will receive the results of these assessments from their school system in a readable and easy-to-understand format, most likely online. And parents can use this information to better communicate with teachers and school administrators about their child’s success.
Higher Standards, Better Assessments -- Smarter Balanced Parent Factsheet
Letter from Superintendent Barry regarding Smarter Balanced testing in the Phoenix Talent Schools and parents' rights to opt out.
Opt-Out Form (English)
Opt-Out Form (Spanish)