The Smarter Balance Assessment is right around the corner.  The testing window is for 3rd-5th grader students from April 18th--May 23rd.  
    This year is a unique year, Smarter Balance is a new test aligned with the Common Core Standards.  Montana is one of 23 states that is field testing the test this spring.  
    Here is a link to the Smarter Balance Assessment site that explains what the assessment is all about:  GENERAL INFO
    This is a video that explains very well  why we are are field testing.  FIELD TEST VIDEO
    Smarter Balance is a new assessment, it is very different from MAPS and CRT assessments.  It is valuable for parents and students to explore the assessment.
    You can take practice tests and get a feel for how the system work by going to the Smarter Balance site using "guest" as both the username and the password.  In order to get in to the actual test, you must select a grade level.   PRACTICE TEST