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Smarter Balanced Resources

Preliminary test blueprints, accessibility and accommodation information, Common Core State Standards, presentations, frequently asked questions, and fact sheets.

Smarter Balanced Spanish Web Page External link opens in new window or tab.
Downloadable fact sheets for teachers, parents, and students. Description of research that helped design assessment items that reduce linguistic burdens.

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Fact vs. Fiction (DOC; 03-Jul-2013)
Talking points which provide information to correct common misperceptions about Smarter Balanced assessments.

Accessibility and Accommodations
Addresses accessibility and accommodations for students who are English learners and students with disabilities who are taking Smarter Balanced assessments.

Summative Test Blueprints External link opens in new window or tab.
The summative test blueprints describe the content of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics summative assessments for grades three through eight and high school as well as how that content will be assessed. Developed with broad input from member states, partners, and stakeholders, the summative test blueprints reflect the depth and breadth of the performance expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) and College Content-Readiness

ALDs articulate the knowledge, skills, and processes expected of students at different levels of performance on the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Common Core State Standards
Information and resources about the new academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics adopted by the State Board of Education on August 2, 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked Smarter Balanced questions.

Links to presentations regarding Smarter Balanced assessment development activities.

Computer Adaptive Testing Webinar External link opens in new window or tab.
Recorded Webinar addresses the advantages of adaptive testing and the critical decision points in designing, developing and administering an effective computer adaptive assessments to measure student achievement and growth.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Web Site External link opens in new window or tab.
Main site for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Resources
Information to assist districts to prepare technology resources for computer-based assessments.

Fact Sheets
Smarter Balanced fact sheet handouts offer information on various aspects of the assessment system.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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