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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 digitallibrary@cde.ca.gov.

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Digital Library Fact Sheet (PDF; New 16-Jan-2015)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Digital Library, the forrmative assessment process, and the features that allow teachers to search by a multitude of features of instructional materials that will help inform teaching and learning. The fact sheet is ideal for sharing with educators, parents and guardians, school board members, and community representatives.

Digital Library Overview and Sample Resources (PDF; 1MB; New 13-Jan-2015) This slide show is a recorded tour that is meant for anyone wanting to know more about the Digital Library's design features and professional learning resources. It includes three sample resources to demonstrate how to interact with the Digital Library. This overview is meant for educators, parents and guardians, school board members, and community representatives.

Formative Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

Quality Criteria for the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.
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)

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | digitallibrary@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
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