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Smarted Balanced Results by State: 2014-15

As of Sept. 9, 2015, eight states in addition to California have released preliminary or final results of the Smarter Balanced assessments administered to students in the spring of 2015. They are Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

While the Smarter Balanced scoring system is the same in every state, ranging from level 1, the least proficient, to level 4, the most proficient, states have different terminology to describe the four levels.

In most states, students scoring at level 3 are labeled “proficient,” while Connecticut identifies students at level 3 as “meeting the achievement level.” In Oregon, the level for proficiency is simply listed as a 3 or higher on the state’s press release regarding preliminary scores. California education officials have rejected the term “proficient” and instead describe students at level 3 as having met the standard and at level 4 as having exceeded the standard.

Regardless of the terms used to describe them, each of the four levels should be roughly equivalent in each state. In the following charts, state results are presented by each of the four achievement levels.

A composite score for student performance in grades 5-8 and 11 in English language arts and math is not listed since, in several states, the data were not available, or had not been compiled for every grade and subject. Results from Delaware, Idaho, Oregon and West Virginia are preliminary. Missouri’s 8th grade math assessments did not include students in 8th grade Algebra 1. In Washington State, about 50 percent of 11th graders did not take the tests.

Grade 3 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 38.0% 62.0% 40.0% 60.0%
Connecticut 54.0% 46.0% 48.0% 52.0%
Delaware 54.0% 46.0% 53.0% 47.0%
Idaho 48.0% 52.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Missouri 57.0% 43.0% 52.0% 48.0%
Oregon 47.0% 53.0% 47.0% 53.0%
Vermont 52.0% 48.0% 52.0% 48.0%
Washington 52.0% 48.0% 57.0% 43.0%
West Virginia 46.0% 54.0% 44.0% 56.0%

Grade 4 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 40.0% 60.0% 35.0% 65.0%
Connecticut 55.0% 45.0% 44.0% 56.0%
Delaware 54.0% 46.0% 47.0% 53.0%
Idaho 46.0% 54.0% 46.0% 54.0%
Missouri 59.0% 41.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Oregon 51.0% 49.0% 45.0% 55.0%
Vermont 51.0% 49.0% 45.0% 55.0%
Washington 55.0% 45.0% 54.0% 46.0%
West Virginia 45.0% 55.0% 35.0% 65.0%

Grade 5 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 44.0% 56.0% 30.0% 70.0%
Connecticut 59.0% 41.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Delaware 55.0% 45.0% 38.0% 62.0%
Idaho 52.0% 48.0% 38.0% 62.0%
Missouri 59.0% 41.0% 40.0% 60.0%
Oregon 55.0% 45.0% 42.0% 58.0%
Vermont 57.0% 43.0% 42.0% 58.0%
Washington 58.0% 42.0% 48.0% 52.0%
West Virginia 51.0% 49.0% 30.0% 70.0%

Grade 6 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 43.0% 57.0% 33.0% 67.0%
Connecticut 56.0% 44.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Delaware 48.0% 52.0% 34.0% 66.0%
Idaho 49.0% 51.0% 36.0% 64.0%
Missouri 55.0% 45.0% 38.0% 62.0%
Oregon 55.0% 45.0% 39.0% 61.0%
Vermont 53.0% 47.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Washington 54.0% 46.0% 46.0% 54.0%
West Virginia 43.0% 57.0% 26.0% 74.0%

Grade 7 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 44.0% 56.0% 34.0% 66.0%
Connecticut 57.0% 43.0% 39.0% 61.0%
Delaware 50.0% 50.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Idaho 51.0% 49.0% 38.0% 62.0%
Missouri 57.0% 43.0% 35.0% 65.0%
Oregon 57.0% 43.0% 43.0% 57.0%
Vermont 55.0% 45.0% 43.0% 57.0%
Washington 57.0% 43.0% 48.0% 52.0%
West Virginia 45.0% 55.0% 25.0% 75.0%

Grade 8 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 45.0% 55.0% 33.0% 67.0%
Connecticut 54.0% 46.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Delaware 49.0% 51.0% 35.0% 65.0%
Idaho 52.0% 48.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Missouri 58.0% 42.0% 28.0% 72.0%
Oregon 58.0% 42.0% 44.0% 56.0%
Vermont 54.0% 46.0% 40.0% 60.0%
Washington 57.0% 43.0% 46.0% 54.0%
West Virginia 43.0% 57.0% 25.0% 75.0%

Grade 11 Results

State English: Level 3 or Higher English: Level 2 or Lower Math: Level 3 or Higher Math: Level 2 or Lower
California 56.0% 44.0% 29.0% 71.0%
Connecticut 53.0% 47.0% 31.0% 69.0%
Delaware 52.0% 48.0% 23.0% 77.0%
Idaho 61.0% 39.0% 30.0% 70.0%
Missouri 0.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0%
Oregon 69.0% 31.0% 31.0% 69.0%
Vermont 58.0% 42.0% 37.0% 63.0%
Washington 26.0% 74.0% 14.0% 86.0%
West Virginia 47.0% 53.0% 20.0% 80.0%