If we must have a state assessment, I would support NWEA over Smarter Balanced. Both of my children have taken NWEA. NWEA provides teachers with immediate feedback on each student which is a valuable tool. Districts can use NWEA data to make instructional decisions. Parents receive information that they can understand and they receive their child’s scores during the school year; not after the school year is over. It is aligned with the standards. It is a growth model. NWEA is a non-profit organization. To learn more about NWEA, click here.