Badger Exam 3-8 : Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment  
(Taken from WI DPI 3/4/15)


The Badger Exam 3-8 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: Section 1 which includes a variety of selected response, constructed response, and technology enhanced items; and Section 2 a performance task (PT). 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 
  • Provide an efficient and precise measurement 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.