Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Memo about the first day of Smarter Balanced assessment

Manchester School District was notified today that students at Beech Street and McDonough elementary schools and Central High School who started the computer-based Smarter Balanced assessment on March 16 took the incorrect versions of the assessment because of an error by the Smarter Balanced vendor in providing a clear assessment selection process.  Our students took practice assessments. By yesterday afternoon, the vendor became aware of the issue, which also affected other schools in the state, and changed the way the selection process looks on the screen.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has assured Manchester School District that our three schools administered the assessment properly based on the information available at the time the test began. The same third graders at McDonough took the correct Smarter Balanced assessment today. Central High School and Beech Street will reschedule the correct version of the assessment for yesterday’s groups of students.

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