Smarter Balanced Assessments
SBA Cut Scores

The cut (or threshold) scores for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4, within the scale score range, were initially developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, with input from thousands of educators and community members. The Smarter Balanced member states approved these scores. The scores and achievement level descriptors were then adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2015. 

High school cut scores represent college and career readiness levels. The English Language Arts (ELA) cut score levels to meet the state assessment graduation requirements will be set in August 2015.


ELA      Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3 2114 - 2366 2367 - 2431
2432 - 2489
2490 - 2623
Grade 4 2131 - 2415
2416 - 2472
2473 - 2532
2533 - 2663
Grade 5 2201 - 2441
2442 - 2501
2502 - 2581
2582 - 2701
Grade 6  2210 - 2456  2457 - 2530  2531 - 2617  2618 - 2724
Grade 7  2258 - 2478  2479 - 2551  2552 - 2648  2649 - 2745
Grade 8  2288 - 2486  2487 - 2566  2567 - 2667  2668 - 2769
High School  2299 - 2492  2493 - 2582  2583 - 2681  2682 - 2795
 Math  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3  2189 - 2380  2381 - 2435  2436 - 2500  2501 - 2601
Grade 4  2204 - 2410  2411 - 2484  2485 - 2548  2549 - 2659
Grade 5  2219 - 2454  2455 - 2527  2528 - 2578  2579 - 2700
Grade 6  2235 - 2472  2473 - 2551  2552 - 2609  2610 - 2748
Grade 7  2250 - 2483  2484 - 2566  2567 - 2634  2635 - 2778
Grade 8  2265 - 2503  2504 - 2585  2586 - 2652  2653 - 2802
High School  2280 - 2542  2543 - 2627  2628 - 2717  2718 - 2862