No, Smarter Balanced is not a butter substitute. It’s a ridiculous name for tests that assess student achievement on the new Common Core State Standards.
Not sure about balanced, but one can argue that kids may be getting smarter.
The Smarter Balanced test results from last spring were just released. These tests are part of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system (CAASPP).
Students in third through eighth grades, and in 11th grade, were first assessed in the spring of 2015 to establish a baseline for Common Core achievement. This past spring was the second time students took the tests.