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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 55

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on April 15, 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:

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

On May 29, 2013, Smarter Balanced will release a set of computer-based Practice Tests for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. For each grade, a Practice Test will be available in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Practice Tests will include an array of item types, including selected response, constructed response, and performance tasks, and will be built using test blueprints similar to those for the operational tests. In addition, the Practice Tests will support several accommodations including: text-to-speech for mathematics and ELA tests (not including ELA passages); Braille for mathematics and ELA tests; and, for mathematics tests only, Spanish pop-up glossaries for construct-irrelevant terms and American Sign Language. The Practice Tests will be publicly available on the Smarter Balanced Web site and will be accessible until the implementation of the operational Smarter Balanced assessments in the 2014–15 school year.

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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