By Lanz Christian Bañes
Vallejo students will participate next month in a statewide assessment of new, entirely computerized standardized tests.
California this year is skipping most of its own exams to focus on field testing the Smarter Balance Assessment, an online test based on the new Common Core Standards adopted by most states.
“We are vastly ramping up for (the field test),” said LaTonya Derbigny, director of school and student accountability for the Vallejo City Unified School District, of the district’s preparations.
This spring’s testing is an evaluation of both the questions and technical aspects of the new Smarter Balance Assessments, not what students know, and there will be no evaluation of student performance.