Carson City, NV - September 27, 2016
Beginning today, parents of students in grades three through eight will receive 2016 Smarter Balanced assessment results.
“Nevada aims to be the fastest improving state in the nation and our Smarter Balanced assessments will be a key indicator as to whether we are on track,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This year’s assessment will serve as a baseline to begin measuring student progress towards meeting Nevada’s rigorous state standards. The comprehensive and holistic package of education programs the legislature passed in 2015 should lead to increases in student performance on the Smarter Balanced assessment and we expect to see growth on this assessment over time as these new programs are implemented and have an opportunity to take hold.”
The Smarter Balanced assessments are used by 21 states including Nevada and consist of rigorous standards aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards for English language arts and mathematics. These assessments play a role in preparing all Nevada students for success in college and a career. The computer adaptive format assessments was administered on-line and results of student achievement on these assessments provides meaningful feedback that teachers and parents can use to help students succeed.
Reports for each student will describe both student achievement (how much a student knows at the end of the year) and student growth information (how much students have improved since the previous year) once a student has completed two consecutive years of the assessments. The aggregated results will help to inform program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems.
The Nevada State Board of Education adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessment System as the statewide Criterion Referenced Tests to be administered in grades three through eight in 2014. As a Smarter Balanced member state, Nevada played a key role in the development of next-generation assessments that provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning.