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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 53

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on March 18, 2013.

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:

Pilot Test Update

Smarter Balanced has recruited over one million students for the Spring 2013 Pilot test. Over 1,400 California schools have confirmed their upcoming participation in the Smarter Balanced scientific pilot test with over 360,000 students scheduled to take the scientific pilot test. Participating schools that have questions about scientific pilot test logistics should contact the American Institutes for Research help desk by phone at 866-815-7246 or by e-mail at

The CDE has completed the uploading of student registration data for all scientific pilot test schools into the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). Please contact the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at with questions about this service.

California Common Core Convening

On March 8, 2013, the CDE and State Board of Education (SBE) hosted the second California Common Core Convening to provide ongoing support and encourage additional work in local educational agency planning and development, and to gather information to assist the CDE, SBE, and stakeholders in prioritizing implementation activities. The purpose of this meeting, which was held in Sacramento, was to bring stakeholders from across the state together to share new information as well as challenges concerning ongoing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation work and transitioning to a new statewide assessment system. The meeting included a morning session with an update from the CDE and State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson, followed by an afternoon of informational break-out sessions and focus groups for attendees to share their experiences and learn about implementation goals and the transition to the CCSS and the Smarter Balanced system of assessments.

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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