What is Smarter Balanced?
Oregon is part of a team of states working together voluntarily to develop K12
assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to Oregon’s
Common Core State Standards. The tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.
How are Smarter Balanced tests different from our old tests?
Our students deserve better tests, ones that measure high-level skills rather than the
ability to memorize facts or deduce answers from lists. More importantly, our students deserve tests
that give them the opportunity to show what they know and can do.
Smarter Balanced tests go above and beyond filling in multiple choice bubbles and
actually showcase students’ thoughts and explanations for how they solve problems.
Aligned to more challenging standards, Smarter Balanced tests better measure what skills
and knowledge our students need to be successful in the 21st Century.
Test questions come in many different forms, and allow students to interact with graphs
and type in their own responses in addition to selecting answers from traditional multiple
choice lists. Essay questions ask students to use evidence from multiple sources of texts to
create their arguments and explain their reasoning.
Developed with experts to include tools and supports that address visual, auditory, and
physical access barriers, Smarter Balanced tests are designed to meet the needs of all
students. Learn more here.
Click HERE for more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments