Learn more about the required English Language Arts (ELA) and math state assessment given in Grades 3-8 below.



*The test is not designed to be completed in one sitting as tests may be paused and resumed as often as necessary. A break may consist of a few minutes to a few days.

The Smarter Balanced is the general mathematics and reading/language arts assessment for academic state achievement reporting in Grades 3-8. The Smarter Balanced assessment is aligned to the Montana Content Standards (2011) in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). It is used to provide state, district, school, and individual student achievement information on the state-adopted content standards in math and ELA. It is used by the state to provide a consistent picture of student proficiency and progress across Montana's public schools and private schools seeking accreditation. It is an important measure for understanding comparisons between schools, over time, and for gaining an understanding of equity in educational services.

Grade(s): 3-8

Subject(s): Mathematics, English Language Arts

Test Time: 3-4 hours*

Testing Window: March 4-May 24, 2024

Testing Blueprint: Smarter Balanced ELA Test Blueprint

Testing Blueprint: Smarter Balanced Math Test Blueprint

General Information

These resources include some general information about the assessment that will be helpful in learning about the state required Smarter Balanced assessment. Follow the links below to learn more.

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