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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 52

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on March 4, 2013.

Index of archived SBAC e-mail updates


The California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced update is a biweekly e-mail that reports on current and upcoming Smarter Balanced development activities. To join the CDE Smarter Balanced electronic mailing list, send a blank e-mail to:

In this issue:

Pilot Test Update

Great job, California schools! Approximately 1,400 California schools have confirmed their upcoming participation in the Smarter Balanced scientific pilot test. Participating schools that have questions about administering the scientific pilot test should contact the American Institutes for Research help desk by phone at 866-815-7246 or by e-mail at

Wireless Generation Selected for Formative Assessment Contract

Smarter Balanced has selected Wireless Generation to design and implement the formative assessment practices and professional learning component of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. The formative assessment component will consist of (1) a digital library technology application; (2) Smarter Balanced-developed classroom instruction and professional learning resources and an inventory of currently available resources; and (3) the recruitment of state leadership teams and about 100 educators per member state to create a state network of educators that will provide input on the digital library and assessment system usability.

Assembly Bill 484 Introduced

On February 19, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) was introduced, proposing to suspend portions of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program assessments for the 2013–14 school year. This suspension was one of the recommendations provided to the State Legislature by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson regarding the reauthorization of the statewide student assessment system. To track the status of Assembly Bill 484, and for specific bill language, visit the California Legislative Information Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

More Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page and on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

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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