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Shift to Smarter Balanced assessments

By EdSource Staff

Updated on August 18, 2016


The EdSource Today editorial team has selected several significant education issues to present in timelines that will be regularly updated. The timelines allow you to quickly get up to speed on EdSource’s coverage of these notable issues. Scroll down the page to get a snapshot of the key events that occurred. Click on the headlines to read the articles that explain why, when, and how the events evolved, as well as the most recent developments.

In the spring of 2015, California joined several other states around the country in administering new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which emphasize problem-solving and critical and analytical thinking. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium developed the tests to measure student achievement based on the new standards in math and English language arts/literacy. The tests form part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The scores are viewed as a baseline to compare against student scores in the future.

More than 3 million California students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the tests. The state released the first round of results on Sept. 9, 2015.

The following storyline tracks some of the debates and legislative actions that have occurred since 2013 leading to administration of the new assessments.

2013

Article

June 20, 2013

June 27, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown signs budget with $1.25 billion for Common Core

Article

August 29, 2013

Article

September 11, 2013

October 2, 2013

Gov. Brown signs bill suspending standardized tests

Article

October 10, 2013

Article

October 22, 2013

Article

November 7, 2013

2014

Article

March 14, 2014

Article

March 16, 2014

Commentary

August 18, 2014

September 3, 2014

State awards Common Core test contract to Smarter Balanced

Article

October 28, 2014

November 13, 2014

State Board of Education approves Smarter Balanced tests for 2015

Article

November 17, 2014

Article

December 3, 2014

2015

January 30, 2015

Smarter Balanced “interim assessments” finally released

Article

February 12, 2015

Commentary

March 1, 2015

Article

March 8, 2015

March 10, 2015

Students start taking Smarter Balanced test

Article

March 10, 2015

Article

March 15, 2015

Article

March 24, 2015

Article

March 29, 2015

Article

April 28, 2015

May 6, 2015

State board awards disputed test contract to ETS

Article

May 12, 2015

Commentary

May 18, 2015

Article

May 18, 2015

Article

May 18, 2015

Article

June 2, 2015

Article

June 4, 2015

Article

August 16, 2015

August 26, 2015

State removes 15 years of test results before releasing new scores

Article

August 28, 2015

Multimedia

September 3, 2015

Article

September 7, 2015

September 9, 2015

First-Ever Smarter Balanced Test Results Released

Multimedia

September 9, 2015

Multimedia

September 9, 2015

Article

September 10, 2015

September 14, 2015

Lawsuit filed alleging schools failed to inform parents of opt-out rights

Article

September 15, 2015

Commentary

September 22, 2015

Commentary

September 23, 2015

Commentary

September 24, 2015

Article

September 28, 2015

Article

September 30, 2015

Article

October 2, 2015

Commentary

October 6, 2015

Article

October 13, 2015

Commentary

October 14, 2015

Commentary

December 13, 2015