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October 26, 2022
A look at individual districts reveals a nuanced picture of Smarter Balanced test results.
November 18, 2021
After deciding not to develop its own test to replace the SAT, UC considered using Smarter Balanced exams. That idea has also been rejected.
November 9, 2021
California's public universities won't consider SAT and ACT scores, but some students still take tests for scholarships and placement.
May 4, 2021
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
April 8, 2021
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
April 2, 2021
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
March 17, 2021
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
February 24, 2021
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
February 22, 2021
It’s been unclear whether the Biden administration would offer testing waivers as many school districts continue to operate with distance learning.
February 8, 2021
The data points to a widening achievement gap between white and Black students.
January 14, 2021
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
January 13, 2021
UC is being asked not to create its own test to replace the SAT. Students may instead be able to submit scores from 11th grade state exams.
December 21, 2020
Carl speaks with Scott Marion, executive director of the Center for Assessment, about the challenges of standardized testing during, and after, the pandemic.
November 5, 2020
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.
November 4, 2020
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.