Carson City, NV - April 28, 2016
VEGAS, NV – Online End-of-Course (EOC)
exams in English Language Arts and Math are being administered this week
throughout Nevada. Statewide assessments hit their highest daily totals on
April 27 with more than 47,891 students participating on the Smarter Balance
Summative Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), the EOC assessments, and the Science
grades 5 and 8 assessments.
have worked hard with our new testing vendor to address what didn’t work last
year and we’re cautiously optimistic that our students will be better served,”
said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The Smarter
Balanced test is connected to classroom instruction and matches the skills and
content students are learning and practicing in the classroom on a daily basis.
It focuses on the critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills
students need to become career and college ready.”
Science grades 5 and 8 test and the Smarter Balanced Summative CAT English
Language Arts and Math Assessments began in early March. The EOC exams in
English Language Arts I and II as well as the Math I and II began on Monday and
will run through May 20. The Class of 2019 will be the first class of students
required to receive a passing score on the EOCs to graduate.
the Smarter Balanced CAT, the EOCs, and the Science tests all happening this
week, the number of students testing has grown significantly over previous
more than 13,593 students have completed one of the ELA or Math EOC exams, more
than 494,700 sections of the Smarter Balanced assessments have been completed,
and more than 26,746 students in grades 5 and 8 have completed their science
these tests were first given in the spring of 2015, computer-related problems
prevented the majority of Nevada students from completing the test, and many
students did not receive a score report. Nevada’s Department of Education
worked with a new vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), this year and so
far testing has run much more smoothly.
Zutz, who oversees Assessment, Data & Accountability Management in the
Department of Education, said the new testing vendor, DRC, has handled a few
necessary content updates within a day of issues being identified. On Tuesday,
an error in the vendor’s server memory led to a delay in testing. The server
was replaced and testing was back on track by midday Tuesday.
Smarter Balanced Assessments allow Nevada students to demonstrate their
knowledge of the skills necessary for success in college and career readiness.
The computer adaptive format and on-line administration of these assessments
provide educators, students and parents’ meaningful results with actionable
information to help students succeed.