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Smarter Balanced is the lesser known consortium creating Common Core aligned tests. The more well-known is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. While Smarter Balanced testing was used in 13 states and PARCC was used in just 12 states, PARCC became the punching bag for those opposed to high stakes testing imposed by Common Core.
Three states, Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota, used to implement the Smarter Balanced tests, but these states saw many computer related failures. Many students could not take the test at all. Measured Progress provided the following statistics on the testing to the Associated Press:
The New Hampshire-based company said 37 percent of Nevada students and 76 percent of Montana students completed the computerized English language arts and math tests for selected grades. A total of 88 percent of North Dakota students completed either the online or paper version.
Education Week reported Nevada has filed a “breach of contract complaint against Measured Progress” and is considering legal action. To further complicate the matter, Federal monies are tied to a 95 percent testing rate mandate. At this time, it appears the Federal Department of Education will not withhold funds due to testing failures, as reported by the Las Vegas Sun.