Smarter Balanced Assessment in Manchester

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Last spring, Manchester Public Schools participated in Connecticut's annual state standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This new assessment measures student performance in the areas of English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3 to 8, and in grade 11. This test replaces the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).

For Spring of 2017, Smarter Balanced Testing for all grade levels will take place from May 10th - May 26th.

Please note: The science CMT will continue in grades 5 and 8, and the science CAPT will continue in grade 10. This testing will take place in March, and will be taken on the computer. has released a website to break down the CT Smarter Balanced test scores, along with strategies to help your child. Read more on "Understanding your Child's Smarter Balanced Test Scores."

Please see below for handouts from the CT State Department of Education to help in understanding how the results from Smarter Balanced will be different this year.


Read the Connecticut Smart Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors

Smart Balanced Parent Guides

Parent resources for understanding what their children should learn and be able to do this year, and helpful suggestions for supporting children's learning at home. (Taken from SDE site)


What will the Smarter Balanced Mathematics test look like?
Click on the videos below to watch and see how it works!



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