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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 60

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on July 1, 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:

California Educator Involvement in Smarter Balanced Item Development Activities

Thank you, California educators! The California Department of Education received applications from over 600 California educators to be involved in upcoming Smarter Balanced item development activities. Through the end of this year, Smarter Balanced will conduct a number of pilot and field test item development activities. California was permitted to nominate 80 highly-qualified California educators for these activities.

Assembly Bill 484 Legislative Activity

On June 26, 2013, Assembly Bill (AB) 484 was passed by the Senate Education Committee. It is expected to be reviewed by the Senate Appropriations Committee in August. For information on specific bill language or to track the status of AB 484 External link opens in new window or tab., visit the California Legislative Information Web site.

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.

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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