Wisconsin announced that it planned to delay the start of the Smarter Balanced exams in grades 3-8 by two weeks, after technical problems arose with the test’s online delivery platform.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week that the tests will now be given between April 13 and May 22, instead of between March 30 and May 22 as originally planned.
In addition, Montana postponed the start of its own Smarter Balanced exam. An official with the state Office of Public Instruction said last week the state was still working with its vendor to identify a new start date, according to the Associated Press. The department’s chief of staff, Madalyn Quinlan, said Nevada and North Dakota are also delaying their exams—the three states share a testing vendor, Measured Progress.
A version of this article appeared in the April 01, 2015 edition of Education Week as Delays Plague New Tests In Montana and Wisconsin