A pilot test of computer-based assessments from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is set to run from February to May.
Designed to test students' learning against the Common Core State Standards, the assessments will be adopted by the 2014-15 school year. Both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers received grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund their efforts toward this goal.
By participating in the pilot, schools and states can see how the assessments work, learn how to support them and work out any issues.
The assessment pilot includes a scientific sample and a volunteer pilot. About 10 percent of schools in each of 20 designated "governing" states were chosen for the scientific sample. Any school from a Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium "governing" or "advisory" state can participate in the volunteer pilot. A map of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium member states is available here.
This test pilot includes the computer-based assessment, but will not include the computer adaptive testing portion. The computer adaptive testing technology gives students different questions based on how they did on previous questions.