What are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments?
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are annual computer-based tests that assess students’ progress toward:
- Meeting the rigorous academic standards adopted by California, and Developing the critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21st century career.
- They replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments that students took under the old Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) and focus more on the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for college and a 21st century career. The first statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments was spring 2015.
How are results reported for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments?
- The Student Score Reports include the student’s overall score and achievement level for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, as well as information on the student’s performance in key areas (claims). In ELA, the claims include reading, listening, writing, and research/inquiry. In mathematics, the four claims are presented in three reporting categories: concepts and procedures, problem solving/modeling and data analysis, and communicating and reasoning.
- Beginning in 2015–16, the reports will include the student’s scores from the most recent test administration as well as the scores from previous administrations, providing a side-by-side comparison from one year to the next and allowing students, parents, teachers, and school administrators to measure student progress over time.