Schools across Missouri can now participate in practice tests to help them prepare for new statewide assessment testing set to begin during the 2014-15 school year.

 


Schools across Missouri can now participate in practice tests to help them prepare for new statewide assessment testing set to begin during the 2014-15 school year.
The practice tests will allow teachers, parents and students to try out the new online Smarter Balanced assessment system, which can be found at www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/.
The Smarter Balanced tests, for students in grades third to 11th grades, will assess learning in English language arts and mathematics. The new assessments will replace the state’s current MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) tests in English and mathematics.
The practice tests are being released nearly two years before the new assessment system is implemented.
Preparing students for college, other post-secondary training and a career is one of the primary goals of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to rank among the top 10 performing states in education by the year 2020.
The Smarter Balanced assessment system will measure student achievement based on the Common Core State Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. The new assessments will include multiple choice questions, constructed response questions and performance tasks that measure achievement and guide instruction.
The release of the practice tests follows the first large-scale pilot test of the new assessment system. More than 5,000 schools across the country, including more than 360 schools in Missouri, participated in the pilot test from February through May.
More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments can be found at www.smarterbalanced.org/. For additional information about the Common Core State Standards, visit dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html.