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The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components: summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and formative assessment processes, supported by professional learning and instructional resources located in the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Graphic (PDF) displays the relationship between these components, the Common Core State Standards, and college and career readiness.

The formative assessment process is key to a balanced assessment system. The Digital Library is an online collection of resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards that support K–12 teachers in their use of formative assessment processes to adjust teaching to improve student learning. The Smarter Balanced Digital Library supports educators with the four attributes of formative assessment: (1) Clarify Intended Learning; (2) Elicit Evidence; (3) Interpret Evidence; and (4) Act on Evidence. The Digital Library provides subject- and grade-specific resources intended to help educators apply the formative assessment process during daily instruction. In addition, the Digital Library has collaboration features that allow users to rate materials and share their expertise with educators across the country. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60642.6, the Digital Library is available to local educational agencies (LEAs) for use in K–12.

The LEA CAASPP Coordinator is responsible for registering new users into the library through the Administration and Registration Tool (ART). A Tip Sheet (DOC) is available to assist with the registration process. Should there be further questions or assistance needed with this process, LEA CAASPP Coordinators should contact the Digital Library Help Desk at 1-855-631-1510 or

Educator Involvement Opportunity (New 07-May-2015)

The California Department of Education (CDE) is now accepting applications from California educators to join the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE). The SNE is a group of educators in Smarter Balanced member states who develop and review resources for the Digital Library. Participants must be available to complete 10-15 hours of self-paced online training, and must be prepared to begin developing resources, by mid-June 2015.

There is no monetary compensation for participation in the SNE. SNE members will receive varying types of recognition depending on their level of involvement. In addition, top SNE contributors to the Digital Library will have an opportunity to attend an in-person workshop with educators from other Smarter Balanced states to review resources for the Digital Library in July 2015.

The deadline for submitting the SNE application External link opens in new window or tab. is Friday, May 22, 2015.

Related Resources

Introducing the Smarter Balanced Digital Library (New 06-Mar-2015)
This six-minute video provides a general introduction to the Digital Library with endorsements from California educators who are using formative assessment resources from the Digital Library.

Digital Library Fact Sheet (PDF; Posted 21-Jan-2015)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Digital Library, the formative assessment process, and the features that allow teachers to search by a multitude of features of instructional materials that will help inform teaching and learning. The fact sheet is ideal for sharing with educators, parents and guardians, school board members, and community representatives.

Digital Library Overview and Sample Resources (PDF; 1MB; Posted 13-Jan-2015) This slide show is a recorded tour that is meant for anyone wanting to know more about the Digital Library's design features and professional learning resources. It includes three sample resources to demonstrate how to interact with the Digital Library. This overview is meant for educators, parents and guardians, school board members, and community representatives.

Formative Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

Quality Criteria for the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.
Background on the development of the Quality Criteria for the Digital Library as well as an overview of the rating system used to review resources. In addition, Formative Assessment Practices/Transition to the Common Core Work Group members explain how State Leadership Teams and State Networks of Educators use the Quality Criteria to evaluate resources for the Digital Library. (YouTube video; 34 minutes)

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