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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 62

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on August 5, 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:

Draft Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines to Be Released for Public Review

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is expected to release its draft Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines for public review and comment the week of August 12, 2013. This document is being developed to assist school and district staff in making decisions related to students’ use of accessibility tools and accommodations during the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Educators with experience instructing students who are English learners or students with disabilities are encouraged to review and provide feedback on this important document. Consolidated feedback on behalf of organizations is encouraged. Links to the Guidelines document and instructions for providing feedback will be available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page.

Members of State Network of Educators Selected

Congratulations to the 150 California educators who have been selected as members of the State Network of Educators (SNE) for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library! Over 400 applications were received from educators throughout California to participate in the state’s SNE. The CDE selected a diverse team of 150 highly qualified educators to represent California in the development of the Digital Library, the formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system. Members will identify and evaluate professional learning and instructional resources that have embedded formative assessment practices for the Digital Library. The Digital Library is scheduled to fully launch in the 2014-15 school year, and portions of the Library are expected to be available as early as spring 2014.

Help Desk Opened for Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

On August 1, 2013, Smarter Balanced opened a Help Desk to provide support for the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. The scheduled days and hours is Monday through Friday, 4 a.m. through 7 p.m. (Pacific time), excluding holidays. You can contact the Help Desk toll-free by phone at 1-855-833-1969 or by e-mail at

Questions regarding accessing the Practice Tests, practice test accommodations, the use and purpose of the practice tests, and technical issues related to taking the practice tests are welcomed and encouraged.

Smarter Balanced Field Test Window Set

The Field Test for the Smarter Balanced Assessment System has been officially set. The tests are scheduled to be administered March 18 through June 6, 2014.

The process for determining participants in the Smarter Balanced Field Test is still under development.

More Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. 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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