Fresno, Clovis, Central and Sanger school districts are among districts in Fresno County participating in a computer-based pilot testing program launched Friday by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that more than 1,100 schools across California will be participating in the pilot in an effort to evaluate the state's testing system over the next two years. Fresno County has 15 participating districts.
The pilot tests in English-language arts/literacy and mathematics. Taking part in the pilot tests will not produce scores for students, schools, or districts, but allows students and educators to experience the basic operation of the Smarter Balanced test administration system.
The pilot test window, which opened Friday, runs through May.
Torlakson has recommended that California replace its current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment program with Smarter Balanced assessments beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.