Student Scores and Achievement Levels

Smarter Balanced summative assessment results include student scores, achievement levels, and descriptors that describe performance. Scores are reported in two ways; scaled scores and achievement levels. A scaled score is the student’s overall numerical score. Based on scaled scores, students will fall into one of four achievement categories of performance called achievement levels. These assessment results are only one of several tools used to measure a student’s academic performance.


Latest information about the new generation of English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments.
The Smarter Balanced assessment system utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The Smarter Balanced assessment system has three components designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year: the summative assessments, the interim assessments, and the Digital Library of formative assessment tools.


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