District administers wrong Smarter Balanced test to students on first day of testing

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Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 7.50.23 PMMANCHESTER, NH – Manchester School District was notified March 17 that students at Beech Street and McDonough elementary schools and Central High School who started the computer-based Smarter Balanced assessment on March 16 took the incorrect versions of the assessment because of an error by the Smarter Balanced vendor in providing a clear assessment selection process, and instead were administered practice assessments.

The announcement was posted on the Manchester School District site Tuesday.

By Monday afternoon the vendor became aware of the issue, which also affected other schools in the state, and changed the way the selection process looked on the screen.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has assured Manchester School District that the three schools administered the assessment properly based on the information available at the time the test began. The same third graders at McDonough took the correct Smarter Balanced assessment Tuesday. Central High School and Beech Street will reschedule the correct version of the assessment for the groups of students who took the incorrect test on Monday.


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  • Patrice Benard

    This is only the beginning. More outrage will follow as children come home and start telling their parents about the test. It is NOT too late to refuse to allow your children to take the test. Send a letter or email and simply refuse.