About Smarter Balanced
Smarter Balanced is an 11th grade career and college readiness assessment.
Steps to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment for placement into courses at YVC:
- Submit Smarter Balanced scores to YVC Admissions in Yakima or Grandview.
- You must also submit a final high school transcript if you want to use your score for math placement.
Smarter Balanced placement
For high school graduating classes of 2018 & 2019, Smarter Balanced math scores of a 3 will place students into a non-STEM college-level math course, and a score of 4 will place students into a STEM or Business-DTA college-level math course.
Starting with the class of 2020, placement into a non-STEM college-level math course will require a Smarter Balanced score or a 3 or 4 and a copy of the high school transcript showing successful completion (B average or better) of Algebra 2. If students have an earned a B or better in high school pre-calculus, and scored a 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced, they can place into a college-level STEM or Business-DTA math course.
Students will need to turn in their Smarter Balanced scores and a high school transcript showing the complete year of their most recent math class.
Math placements from Smarter Balanced are valid for one year following high school graduation – summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters after high school grad year.
Smarter Balanced scores of 3 or 4 will place students into English 101. English placements from Smarter Balanced are valid for two years following high school graduation.