This report provides an update on analyses performed to investigate the comparison in student achievement on Smarter Balanced summative tests from 2016 (spring, 2016) to 2017 (spring, 2017). This comparison raised questions among educators about the validity of the 2017 test scores and the possibility that there might have been technical errors associated with changes in the item pool and other components of the administration. Subsequently, Smarter Balanced worked with its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to identify analyses that could be performed to address educator’s questions and related technical issues.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (2018). Answers to questions about smarter balanced 2017 test results March 27, 2018. Santa Clara, CA: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. http://portal.smarterbalanced.org/library/en/answers-to-questions-about-2017-test-results.pdf