The Badger 3-8 Exam is Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment. In 2010, Wisconsin elected to join the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two national consortia that were formed to help establish a series of “next generation assessments” to measure students’ career and college readiness.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards by the 2014-15 school year.
The components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment include:
The summative assessment will be administered during the last 8 weeks of the school year (measuring students’ cumulative progress from the past school year). Smarter summative assessments are administered in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8.The summative assessment will consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test, and performance tasks that will be taken on a computer but will not be computer-adaptive. The summative assessment will:
- Accurately describe both student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems;
- Provide valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and attainment of, the knowledge and skills required to be college- and career-ready; and
- Capitalize on the strengths of computer-adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement, and quick turnaround of results.
A secure, online reporting system that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports generated will show student achievement and progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
System Readiness Training - This training will provide important information that districts need to prepare for the online administration. Training topics will include:
An email was sent to all DACs inviting two staff from each district to participate in the live webinare during the week of November 3-7. A recorded webinar will be available for all interested staff at a later date and will be posted at http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/Smarter/trainings.
Badger 3-8 Exam Calendar/Timeline now available at http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/Smarter/calendar
Smarter Help Desk
Assessment Program Coordinator
Education Program Specialist
Accommodations and Supports
Assessment for ELLs
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