OLYMPIA, Wash. — April 24, 2014 — Member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium reached a significant milestone this week as 2 million students completed either a full English language arts or mathematics Field Test. Launched on March 25, the Field Test is a practice run that allows teachers and students to gain experience with computerized assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This effort is one of the largest in history, with more than 3 million students expected to participate through June 6.
Each Smarter Balanced state individually determined how schools and students would be selected to take the Field Test. In some states, a representative sample of students will participate—10 percent of students for each subject area. In others, the Field Test will be administered more broadly. In five states—California, Connecticut, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota—all or nearly all students in the tested grades are participating in the Field Test. Because questions may be revised or dropped after Field Test responses are analyzed, students will not receive scores.