The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components: the Summative Assessments, designed for accountability purposes; Interim Assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and the Digital Library, designed to support classroom-based formative assessment processes. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Graphic (PDF) displays the relationship between these components, the Common Core State Standards, and college and career readiness.
The formative assessment process is key to a balanced assessment system. The Digital Library is an online collection of resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards that support K–12 teachers in their use of the formative assessment processes to adjust teaching to improve student learning. The Smarter Balanced Digital Library supports educators with the four attributes of formative assessment: (1) Clarify Intended Learning; (2) Elicit Evidence; (3) Interpret Evidence; and (4) Act on Evidence. The Digital Library provides subject- and grade-specific resources intended to help educators apply the formative assessment process during daily instruction. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60642.6, the Digital Library is available to local educational agencies (LEAs) for use in K–12.
The Digital Library has collaboration features that allow users to rate materials and share their expertise with educators across the country. California K–12 educators previewed the Digital Library from June through September 2014. Following this preview, access to the Digital Library for California K–12 educators began in October 2014.
The LEA CAASPP Coordinator is responsible for registering new users into the library through the Administration and Registration Tool (ART). A Digital Library Update (DOC) and Tip Sheet (DOC) are available to assist with the registration process. Should there be further questions or assistance needed with this process, LEA CAASPP Coordinator should e-mail the California Department of Education’s Assessment Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quality Criteria for the Digital Library
Background on the development of the Quality Criteria for the Digital Library as well as an overview of the rating system used to review resources. In addition, Formative Assessment Practices/Transition to the Common Core Work Group members explain how State Leadership Teams and State Networks of Educators use the Quality Criteria to evaluate resources for the Digital Library. (YouTube video; 34 minutes)