The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. The group will launch a practice test for grades three through eight and grade 11, which will be publicly available on the Smarter Balance website. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. Read more.

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