High-Quality Tests Are Key to Teaching and Learning

Reno Gazette-Journal

Nevada’s Smarter Balanced assessments provide educators and schools an accurate measure of student learning, which supports growth, writes Ben Dickson, an assistant principal in Reno, NV. “As teachers, we’re looking forward to receiving valuable information about how much our students learned last year to help us decide exactly how we can improve our instruction.” Noting that only one percent of classroom time was spent on testing, Dickson adds, “High-quality tests – like Smarter Balanced – are an important piece to the intricate puzzle that makes up teaching and learning.” Several studies confirm Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments outperform those states used before, as well as other next-generation exams.

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