Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Points of Concern

1) Smarter Balanced is federally funded through the Race to the Top Assessment Grant.


2) Smarter Balanced is computer adaptive, which is different than its counterpart, PARCC. The other national assessment, PARCC is standardized. Therefore, this is not a true comparison of outcomes because they employ different methods of assessment.



3) Smarter Balanced is legally bound to the US Dept of Education via a cooperative agreement. Wyoming is bound to that cooperative agreement through the Memorandum of Understanding we signed with Smarter Balanced as a governing state.


4) The cooperative agreement between Smarter Balanced & US Dept of Education commits to the sharing of student data. The agreement reads:

“The Grantee must provide timely and complete access to any and all data collected at the State level to ED or its designated program monitors, technical assistance providers, or researcher partners, and to GAO, and the auditors conducting the audit required by 34 CFR section 80.26.”

Source: (page 10)

5) Smarter Balanced requires identification of barriers to implementation in state laws, statues, regulations or policies by the participating state. Source: (page 14)

6) Exiting the Smarter Balanced consortium is a 5 step process and includes an approval of the request to exit from the US Department of Education. Source: (page 12)

7) Exiting Smarter Balanced consortium also requires the signatures of all parties that signed the original MOU (Ron Micheli, Governor Mead, Jim Rose, Dean Faussett)

8) Smarter Balanced is curriculum embedded, “to enhance curriculum equity within and across schools”    Source: (page 2)

9) The state of Wyoming has not done a cost analysis on Smarter Balanced or the technology/professional needs to support it. States are expected to fund ongoing operational costs. Source: (page 144)

10) Wyoming does not have a representative on the Executive Committee, which is charged with the task of oversight of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Source:


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