In the four states that released results from their annual statewide assessments–Missouri, West Virginia, Oregon, and Washington–students exceeded expectations on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), reported the Hechinger Report. Experts say that though many factors likely contributed to the results, students are performing better despite the more difficult exam:
…All four of these states did better than that field test on the English exam and all but West Virginia and Missouri’s eighth graders improved on the math exam…
It’s not just that the states made significant improvements over the field test. The drops in their scores from old state exams were much smaller than the 30-plus percentage points declines in New York and Kentucky. And in some cases, scores actually improved from the state exams in 2014 to Smarter Balanced 2015.
New Hampshire students took the SBA in the 2014-2015 school year, and are expecting the results later this year.
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