Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn’t Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says

Students at all grade levels found the test more difficult than their state’s previous test. They found the Smarter Balanced items “challenging” and “really hard” and said they “took more thought to answer questions.” One 10th grader said the test was “hard” because “if you didn’t know it [the answer] you couldn’t guess” like you could on multiple-choice tests. One 6th grader said: “It’s the first test I’ve ever taken where I actually learned something while taking it.”


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