Smarter Balanced “Tests of the Test” Successful: Field Test Provides Clear Path Forward
In spring 2014, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducted field tests of its online assessment system. This report, prepared on behalf of Smarter Balanced, describes the major themes from survey results across 13 of the 22 consortium states regarding the field tests. Each of the 13 states developed its own survey questions. This report is organized around six major topics that were addressed by two or more states. The six areas the report addresses are: technology readiness of states, districts, and schools; readiness of test administrators and proctors; student test interface; functioning of new item types; rigor of the assessments and instructional alignment; and test delivery system. Additionally, this report includes comments from Consortium leadership and state assessment directors regarding the steps being taken to address the needs that were identified.