Carson City, NV - June 03, 2016
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
- 22,274 students completing EOC
English Language Arts I (ELA)
- 19,344 students completing EOC ELA
- 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.”