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It made me want to try, since I got to explain my reasoning and why I chose what I chose.Student from Idah
New state standards are challenging students to understand subject matter more deeply, think more critically, and apply their learning to the real world. To measure these new state standards, educators from Smarter Balanced states worked together to develop new, high-quality assessments in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school. These Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning by adapting to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed in school and after.


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     The Smarter Balanced Assessment is the standard test for all students in California.  


    Every spring, all students in grades 3-12 take a customized test using a computer adaptive format: questions get harder when students answer correctly and easier when they answer incorrectly, allowing students to better demonstrate what they know. 

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    Additional supports make the assessments accessible to students with disabilities and English language learners

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    The online format with extended research, writing, and problem solving tasks measure the critical thinking and problem-solving skills students need for success.