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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 69

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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:

Now Available: Smarter Balanced Field Test Secure Browsers for Windows, Mac, and Android Devices

The Smarter Balanced secure browser, which must be installed on each student computer for the spring 2014 Field Test, is now available for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Android-based tablets. Links to download these browsers, as well as installation instructions, are available through the Smarter Balanced secure browser Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . The Field Test secure browsers for Linux, iOS (i.e., iPad), and Google Chrome OS (i.e., Chromebook) are expected to be available in the coming months. Please note that the Field Test secure browser can also be used to access the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests.

The Smarter Balanced Field Test will take place between March 18 and June 6, 2014. Schools will be assigned shorter windows within this time frame to administer the Field Test. Once a school is notified of its Field Test window, it should determine how much time will be required to install the secure browser on all computers that will be used by students to take the Field Test and plan the timing of those installations accordingly. Further information to assist schools in determining whether they will install the secure browser via a network or will install the browser individually on each student computer is available on the Smarter Balanced secure browser Web External link opens in new window or tab. .

Questions regarding the Smarter Balanced Field Test secure browser should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at

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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