April 17, 2013



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Scientific pilot of Smarter Balanced Assessment already yielding results

More than 3,500 students statewide are participating in a scientific pilot of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. Testing began as early as mid February in some classes, and will conclude at the end of this month.

A total of 72 districts are participating in the pilot, with the tests being administered in 102 classrooms. Assessment coordinator Gay Pickner with the Department of Education said students have responded to the online assessment remarkably well, with many reporting that they actually preferred taking the test using a computer over the traditional paper and pencil format.

“Some of the schools had a little difficulty getting into the testing site but once students logged in, things went well,” Pickner said. “District administrators running wireless computers for the pilot were able to learn a lot about their schools’ networks.”

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