Nevada Department of EducationNevada Department of Education

    Nevada First Smarter Balanced Consortium Member to Meet All Federal Peer Review Requirements

    Immediate Release

    August 02, 2018

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada is the first state to receive word that its Smarter Balanced assessment meets all of the statutory and regulatory U.S. Department of Education peer review requirements in math and English reading/language arts (ELA) for grades three through eight.

    “This peer review tells us that our Smarter Balanced assessment is meeting the needs of our students by providing meaningful tools that help students achieve their potential,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This positive peer review is another strong indicator that our public education system in Nevada is the fastest improving in the nation.”

    This designation is validation that the Smarter Balanced summative assessments for grades 3-8 math and ELA/literacy provide accurate information regarding students’ college and career readiness and is accessible to all students.

    While working with Smarter Balanced staff and consortium members was an important part of the process, Peter Zutz, Nevada’s Assessment, Data and Accountability Management Administrator, said Nevada’s vendor, Data Recognition Corporation, also played an important role.

    “While the U.S. Department of Education requested specific items from us, strong collaboration with our vendor has been critical to our success,” Zutz said.

    Smarter Balanced Executive Director Tony Alpert said: “State Superintendent Canavero and his staff deserve congratulations for this achievement. This is an affirmation of the work that started over eight years ago among a group of states that banded together to build the highest quality, most accessible assessment system in the nation.”