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Smarter Balanced Assessments
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Coming in 2017-18

Iowa is on track to put in place a new state assessment in the 2017-18 school year that reflects our statewide standards in math and English language arts, provides better information about student academic growth, and fits with a broader goal of preparing all students for success.

In 2016-17, students will take the current state test while the Iowa Department of Education prepares schools for the transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

The Smarter Balanced end-of-year assessments are customized to meet individual student needs. The tests are designed to ensure that they give teachers and students valuable information that can help to improve teaching and learning. However, Smarter Balanced is more than an annual test; it is a system of resources and tools, including:

  • High-quality interim (formative) tests to help educators know how their students are progressing throughout the school year.
  • An online library of thousands of educator-created classroom resources available to all K-12 teachers in public schools.