November 18, 2020

Shorter exams will replace California’s annual Smarter Balanced tests

Parents, teachers and school administrators who want to know how students are doing academically during the pandemic will have another report card to turn to this year.

As school districts continue to grapple with distance learning and campus reopenings, the California State Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a modified and shortened version of the Smarter Balanced exams students in grades 3-8 and 11 are required to take in math and English language arts.

The changes would reduce the computer-adaptive questions by about half and only affects the 2020-21 school year. The California Science Test will not be affected by the proposal because it is already shorter than the math and English language arts exams, officials said.

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