Oregon schools showed a drop in proficiency in math and ELA as last school year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores were released.
High school juniors in West Virginia will take the SAT college entrance exam instead of the Smarter Balanced Assessment starting in Spring of 2018.
The Oregon Department of Education confirmed that they will no longer use Smarter Balanced for 11th Grade, but will continue using it in 3rd-8th Grades
The Iowa Senate may vote to vacate a decision by the Iowa State Board of Education to use Smarter Balanced in place of a new assessment to be ready by 2018.
The Carroll Community School District in Western Iowa says switching to Smarter Balanced represents an increase of $25K to the district’s assessment costs.
The 2017 Iowa Legislative Session brings opportunities to attack Common Core in Iowa with upcoming changes in the Iowa Legislature and Governor’s office.
An interstate test item cooperative may provide states some flexibility for developing assessments, but right now they would Common Core-aligned assessments.
UCLA has decided it will no longer act as a fiscal agent for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium when its current three-year agreement ends.
Since 2010 PARCC and Smarter Balanced have seen their consortia’s membership go from 58 member states and territories to 22.
The Springfield School District school board in Oregon voted for a resolution that encourages parents to opt their children out of Smarter Balanced.