Starting Smarter

You are the expert on your child. Over the course of a school year, you receive lots of information to give you a more complete picture on how your child is performing in school. In addition to report card grades and class tests, you can use test score reports to better understand your child’s strengths and areas in need of improvement, which in combination can be valuable for starting a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher about how to better support your child and learning at home.

Understanding the Score Report and Areas

It’s natural for every student to have academic strengths as well as areas where they may need more support and improvement. The tests your child takes are meant to measure the most important skills in each subject. For all tests, the score reports are broken down into different performance areas—like reading and problem solving—to identify where your child is excelling or needs more support.

Check out the Test Questions

Enter your child’s subject, grade, and area from the score report to get descriptions of the skills and sample test questions in each performance area.

Additional Free Resources Available to Support Your Child's Learning

Use this information to have a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher about the skills and content in the grade level and to support your child’s learning at home.

  • Be a Learning Hero!

    Visit the Learning Heroes website to find resources and tools to help your child thrive in school.
  • Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences

    This helpful “Guide to a Meaningful Parent Teacher Conference” includes a list of questions to discuss with the teacher about your child’s classroom performance, academic progress and more.

  • Check out the test in action

    Visit the Hawai’i Smarter Balanced practice test to try out live, interactive questions and the testing features students can use.