Revisiting the Smarter Balanced Placement Agreement: Your Feedback Wanted!

The 2017 Legislature passed a law making significant changes to the K-12 assessment requirement, including shifting the timing of the high school assessment from the 11th grade to the 10th.  This was already the case in practice for English but NOT for math.

This shift means we need to revisit our placement agreements, so a work group met in December to recommend changes in the language in order to maintain the agreement.

We are seeking feedback on the recommendations before we take them to our system leadership for final approval.

  • Proposed Changes to Math:
  • Proposed Changes to English:

Each document includes

  1. Recommendations
  2. Background to the new law
  3. Link to a Google form for providing feedback

The deadline for input is February 28th, 2018.

Want More Information?

The Original System Work:

If you’re interested in more details about the assessment itself (what the levels mean; definitions of scale scores and threshold achievement descriptors, etc.), see this page on the Smarter Balanced web site.

Feel free to share as widely as you’d like with colleagues who would like to provide some feedback.

Questions? Contact Bill Moore at

Placement as Conversation, Communication, and Education: Moving Towards Multiple Measures

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The 2014 Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference is fast approaching!

April 30th-May 2.

Register before April 15th to avoid paying higher conference fees!

Interested in Placement and Multiple Measures?  Consider Pre-Conference Workshop Number 2:

Placement as Conversation, Communication, and Education: Moving Towards Multiple Measures

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Webinar Recording Available for Building a Common Foundation: The Process of Creating Transcript Grids for Placement

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Faculty, staff, and administrators from across the state joined us today to hear Marcie Sims and Laura Moore Mueller of Green River Community College (GRCC) describe the process (and the many unexpected benefits) of their collaborations with high school faculty to create transcript grids that place recent graduates using multiple measures.

I hope many of you will View the Blackboard Collaborate Recording.  It is truly a valuable resource!