Washington Roundtable encouraged by Smarter Balanced assessment results; urges state to “stay the course”

The Washington Roundtable issued a press release today urging the state to stick with the Smarter Balanced assessments and saying the initial results are encouraging.

“The Smarter Balanced tests are a valuable tool in assessing student growth and ensuring all students are on track to college- and career-readiness. We are encouraged by this first round of results. While Washington still has some way to go, the results demonstrate that we are on the right path toward ensuring all students are prepared for the world that awaits,” said Steve Mullin, Washington Roundtable president.

The group, which has long supported education accountability and reform efforts in the state, reiterated its support for high academic standards.

Mullin concluded, “We are pleased with this baseline year of Smarter Balanced results, which reflect the hard work of Washington’s educators and students. Washington must stay firm in its commitment to using the standards and assessments as a gauge of student achievement and to ensuring students demonstrate achievement of basic reading and writing skills as one requirement for high school graduation.”

The Washington Roundtable is a founding member of Opportunity Washington.