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Mar 17, 2014 8:25 PM by MTN News - Helena

Testing delayed for MT schools as Smarter Balanced needs more time

HELENA - School districts in Montana have gotten word that the new computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test that has replaced the pen-and-pencil CRT testing, which was supposed to start this week, has been delayed until next week.

According to an e-mail from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the test group wanted additional time to ensure that the assessments worked as intended.

In Montana, the testing window for each district was from March 18 to May 14.

Now the end date when all students must have completed the test will fall on May 21.

The new computer-based, state-wide, standardized assessment is being field tested this year and results won't count for federal accountability designations set forth by No Child Left Behind.

This year has been designated as a "practice run," by OPI.

Montana is one of 26 states participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is aligned to Common Core Standards, according to OPI.

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