Put down your No. 2 pencils: New online testing begins next month

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Next month, SCUSD students will join thousands across California in a trial run of the state’s new computer-based testing program.

The new online Smarter Balanced Assessments replace most of the old paper-and-pencil, bubble-in CSTs (California Standards Tests). Smarter Balanced Assessments are tied to the new Common Core State Standards, which are designed to challenge students to deeper levels of thinking.

Because this spring’s roll-out is a “test of the test” — results will be used to determine which questions fairly and equitably evaluate student learning — no scores will be reported, either to the district or to parents.

To help parents make sense of this transition, SCUSD has created a new webpage with links to Smarter Balanced practice tests, frequently asked questions and a breakdown of which tests students will be taking at each grade level. Click here to visit the page.