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About the Washington Smarter Balanced

What is the Washington Smarter Balanced?

Washington Smarter Balanced assessment testing is a comprehensive program designed to provide information about what students know in English Language Arts and Mathematics. This test largely replaces the MSP (Measurements of Student Progress). Also administered is the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11.

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State Testing Information for Washington

Portions of the following material were taken from the Department of Education website. Please consult your state's education website for further information on the actual tests administered for your school.

Smarter Balanced is a comprehensive system designed to measure how well students are learning the Washington State K–12 Standards in English language arts (ELA) and math. It was developed by a multi-state partnership of educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups. Results from the new tests can be used to show how students, schools, and districts are performing. It will also allow states to be compared to each other using a standard tool.

In 2014, students in grades 3–8 took the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). The Smarter Balanced tests will replace the math, reading, and writing portions of the MSP. (Fifth and eighth graders will continue to take the MSP in science.)

Having a common set of ELA and math standards across states will result in efficiencies for students, teachers, and state budgets. For example, a student moving from one state to another should have a fairly seamless transition because the standards will be the same for both states. Teacher training programs and curricular materials can be developed using the common standards.


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