How Smarter Balanced Assessments support learning, expand opportunity for students

Some great new information from Ready Washington has been released to help parents and students understand the Smarter Balanced scores they’re receiving now.

This video explains how students can use Smarter Balanced scores, along with their High School & Beyond Plan, to chart their path to success after high school. Learn more at


And click through to this infographic that shows how students can use the assessments to chart their path to career and college success. As Ready Washington explains,

Currently, only 89 percent of adults in Washington have a high school diploma or equivalent, and just less than 50 percent of these adults have a postsecondary credential. By 2023, Washington State is aiming for all adults in the state to have a high school diploma and at least 70 percent of adults to have a postsecondary credential. Getting students on the pathway to success after high school is where the Common Core State Standards come in. They provide clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Good, useful information in an easily digested format.