From noted ed blogger, Jonathan Peltier via the Hartford Courant:
High school juniors in North Haven and Westbrook won’t be getting Smarter Balanced test scores.
It turns out, they took the wrong test.
School officials in both districts said the confusion resulted from a
drop-down menu that listed several possible tests. Students were
apparently told to click on an “interim” or practice test, instead of
the comprehensive year’s-end test and the mistake wasn’t caught until
after the test was completed.
“It was very disappointing,” said Westbrook Principal Tara Winch. “I
asked the state, why would the interim assessment even be up there
during the actual testing time? Those shouldn’t even have been part of
the testing window.”
Kelly Donnelly, chief of staff for the state Department of Education,
said it’s “regrettable” that “test proctors administered the wrong
version of the test in these two schools. These two isolated instances
were unfortunate, and we will of course be working with the vendors to
limit the chance of this happening again.”
Apparently a similar error occurred in New Hampshire.
[Westbrook High School Principal] Winch said the error was
particularly frustrating because state records now say that Westbrook
High School’s participation rate was a zero, when, she said, the school
had 99.9 percent of the students take the test, albeit the wrong test.
“We are so proud of our students and the teachers who really took
this seriously in a year when there were many opting out,” Winch said,
referring to other districts where substantial numbers of high school
juniors refused to take the test.
Kelli Gauthier, a spokeswoman for Smarter Balanced, said in an email:
“This is really a district-level issue. Having said that, we will, of
course continue to work with our member states, who in turn work with
their districts, to ensure test delivery runs smoothly.”
You mean like warn the districts that you will include several different tests in the drop-down menu?
There are districts getting money back from this kind of error as Peltier's report continues:
Measured Progress is giving Nevada almost $1.3 million back for their
botched implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment last Spring.