Statewide Student Assessments in English, Math & Science Have Begun in Grades Three Through Eight

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - March 15, 2016

CARSON CITY, NV  - The administration of Nevada's statewide assessments for elementary and middle school students began on March 7, and are scheduled to run through June.

"We're pleased with the first week of testing and the numbers of students who are taking the tests throughout Nevada," said Steve Canavero, PhD, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction. "After thoroughly reviewing the process during the past year, we're hopeful the times students are spending completing the tests are reduced and the testing itself is more seamless."

There are two tests currently being administered. The first is the Smarter Balanced Assessments to students in grades three through eight   in English Language Arts and Math. There is also a Science test being administered to students in grades five and eight. Last year's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessments was limited due to the vendor's inability to deliver them across Nevada. The state selected a new vendor, Data Recognition Corporation, to administer this year's assessments.

As of 11:05 a.m. on Monday, March 14 - 15,253 students have completed the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive tests. Specifically, 10,775 students have taken the English Language Arts test and 4,478 students have taken the Math test. An additional 5,169 students have taken the Science test.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are comprised of two parts; a computer adaptive test and performance tasks, both administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades three through eight. The Science test is also a federal requirement of the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The 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.