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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 58

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on June 3, 2013.

Index of archived SBAC e-mail updates


The California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced update is a bimonthly e-mail that reports on current and upcoming Smarter Balanced development activities. To join the CDE Smarter Balanced e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to

In this issue:

Application Window for Item Development Participation Closes June 6

Through June 6, the California Department of Education (CDE) is accepting applications from qualified educators to participate in the development and analysis of Smarter Balanced pilot and field test items. The CDE will be selecting educators for the following activities in 2013:

General requirements for participating educators include:

The online application can be found on CDE Web site.

Application Window for Digital Library State Network of Educators Closes June 14

Through June 14, the CDE will be accepting applications to participate in the State Network of Educators for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. This team of K-12 and higher education professionals will evaluate formative assessment tools and practices for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Approximately 150 members will be selected for this team. Members must have experience with the Common Core State Standards and formative assessment tools and practices, and must have experience teaching one or more of the following student groups: general education; gifted and talented; English learners; and students with disabilities. Further information about this opportunity and a link to the online application are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page.

Draft Accessibility and Accommodations Framework Available for Public Review and Comment through June 14

Through June 14, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is gathering feedback on its draft Accessibility and Accommodations Framework. The framework describes the general approach that is expected to be used by Smarter Balanced to address accessibility tools and accommodation options for students taking the Smarter Balanced assessments. The draft framework and instructions for providing feedback are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. Consolidated feedback on behalf of organizations is encouraged.

Practice Tests Now Available

On May 29, Smarter Balanced released a set of Practice Tests in ELA and mathematics for each of grades three through eight and grade eleven. The Practices Tests are publicly available, and no secure login or browser is required. The purpose of the Practice Tests is to provide students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the public the opportunity to experience features of online testing and help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments. Further information and a link to the Practice Tests are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. Also available on this Web page is a letter template for schools to announce the availability of the Practice Tests to parents and guardians. Translations of this letter in Spanish and several other languages will soon be available.

Assembly Bill 484 Legislative Activity

Assembly Bill (AB) 484 proposes the establishment of the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress for the 21st Century (CalMAPP21), which would succeed the existing Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. On May 29, 2013, AB 484 was passed by the Assembly and moved to the Senate. For information on specific bill language or to track the status of AB 484, visit the California Legislative Information Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

More Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page and on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

General questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments should be directed to the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at

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