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[Susan notes: Note that Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium posits a delay in field testing as opportunity for schools to provide more test prep.]

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From: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Dear District Leaders:

Smarter Balanced has shifted the first week of the Field Test. Testing will now begin on Tuesday, March 25.

As you know, the Field Test requires unprecedented collaboration among states, districts, and many testing contractors. Needless to say, we are disappointed to have to make this adjustment. In the final analysis, however, we decided this change is needed to ensure that we have taken all steps necessary to ensure that teachers, students, and administrators have a productive experience with the Field Test.

One of the goals of the Field Test is to uncover challenges before the operational assessment system in the 2014ΓΆ€“15 school year. The Field Test will help to ensure that the assessments are accurate and fair for all students. It also gives teachers and schools a chance to practice test administration procedures, and students the opportunity to experience the new assessments

Thank you for your participation in this effort. We look forward to a successful launch.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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