How Will Teachers Be Prepared for a Transition?
Iowa school administrators and teachers will learn about the Smarter Balanced Assessments through a combination of in-person and online professional learning sessions during the next two school years. The collaborative professional learning will focus on understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessment System and identifying resources while developing an implementation plan. In the 2017-18 school year, online professional learning will focus on the digital library, assessment administration, and interpreting score reports.
How Will Teachers Use Test Results?
The new assessments will help schools improve instruction by providing a more detailed and immediate picture of student skills. The assessments provide a consistent check on student progress as well as a measure of year-over-year growth. This comprehensive approach will allow teachers to adjust instruction to provide targeted support to struggling students, as well as appropriately challenging material to keep students engaged.
Other Common Questions
Take the Practice Test
The Smarter Balanced practice tests provide a preview of the format and types of questions that are featured on the end-of-year assessment for grades three through eight and high school. Through them, students can experience the features of an online test and teachers and parents can gain insight into how the test will assess students’ mastery of skills in English-language arts and mathematics. Go to the practice tests.
Coming Soon: Digital Library
Iowa will soon have access to an online library of thousands of educator-created classroom resources, including model lessons and professional development.