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Hawaii Students Try Out New Math, English Assessment

West Hawaii Today (03/26/14) Stewart, Colin M.

In Hawaii, field testing of the Smarter Balanced assessments has commenced and will continue through June 6. The English and math assessments -- which will replace the Hawaii Department of Education's Hawaii State Reading and Mathematics Assessments next year -- will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11 at 91 schools statewide, with a sample of students in grades 9-10 also taking the tests as part of a smaller study. State Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi says, "This is a step forward in our plans to raise student achievement. This comprehensive assessment system will provide meaningful information on student progress to educators, parents and the community. Not only will relevant and innovative test items engage and support students, but teachers will also benefit from actionable data and tools to help them maximize the impact of classroom instruction on learning."
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