Nevada Successfully Completes First Online Testing of End of Course Exams, Smarter Balanced, and Science Grades 5 & 8 Assessments

Press Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - June 03, 2016

Immediate Release

CARSON CITY, Nev. – This week marked the end of Nevada’s online assessment window.  More than 270,000 students successfully completed the Smarter Balanced and Science Grade 5 & 8 online assessments this year.

“What a difference a year makes. I could not be more proud of the team effort exhibited by the Department of Education assessment team and their partners in all 19 Nevada school districts for administering one of the most successful testing efforts in the country,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction. “In a true state-wide effort, Nevada parents, students, teachers, and administrators are all to thank for making the administration of the 2015-2016 assessments a complete success.  Congratulations Nevada!”

The End of Course (EOC) examination, which has replaced the High School Proficiency Examination, was administered online for the first time. The numbers of students successfully completing the exams statewide include:

  • 22,274 students completing EOC English Language Arts I (ELA)
  • 19,344 students completing EOC ELA II
  • 38,547 students completing Math I
  • 33,031 students completing Math II 
  • 713 students completing Integrated Math I 
  • >628 students completing Integrated Math II

More than 200,000 students in Grades 3 through 8 successfully completed the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Additionally, about 70,000 students in Grades 5 and 8 took the science examinations online. Grade 10 Science was completed by 26,482 students, in paper and pencil.

While the Smarter Balanced Assessment was first administered 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. NDE worked with a new vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), this year.  The testing ran much more smoothly and provided a high-quality testing experience to all Nevada students. Most assessments were offered online and offered the most up-to-date advances in assessment content and delivery.

“Our successful assessment administration is the first step in giving Nevada the actionable and beneficial information teachers and parents need to support our students,” Canavero said. “Moreover, our assessment successes this year mean we can focus on what’s important: teaching our students and offering them a high quality education that prepares them for success in college, career, and community.”