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Smarter Balanced Assessments 

As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Cowan Elementary will participate in annual state standardized testing created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  The Smarter Balanced testing platform is completely digital and was developed as a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11.  


Smarter Balanced assessments move beyond standard multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as, performance tasks to allow students to demonstrate cognitively higher critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.


Testing dates are scheduled each Spring and will be advised to our parents in advance of the testing window.  

The Smarter Balanced Consortium provides public sample questions available at the following website.  Please use this link to preview some of questions your student may encounter during our Spring testing.
Please feel free to contact your student's teacher to see how our academic programs prepare our students for success.