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SBAC Update Issue 78

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on May 12, 2014.

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 If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE Smarter Balanced listserv, send a blank message to

In this issue:
Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting Panels

This fall, K–12 educators, postsecondary educators, parents, and business/community leaders from Smarter Balanced governing states will collaborate to develop common achievement levels that are rigorous, fair, and accurate for each of the Smarter Balanced assessments. Smarter Balanced is recruiting for participants who will contribute to this process of determining proficiency levels. Both the Online and In-Person Panels will participate in activities scheduled for October. Panelists will designate grade level and content area expertise to participate in targeted feedback for specific tests.

Developing achievement levels will occur in a four-stage process:

Release of New Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests will be updated on May 19, 2014. The current Practice and Training Tests will be replaced by refreshed Practice Tests that more closely mirror the operational assessments. The tests will include new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

Smarter Balanced Governing States Approve Career Academic Readiness Frameworks

On April 30, 2014, Smarter Balanced governing states endorsed the Career Readiness Frameworks, which provide guidance and information to students, parents, teachers, and counselors as students develop their career and academic goals. The Frameworks were developed by a Career Readiness Task Force that included national experts and representatives from Smarter Balanced member states. There are 16 model frameworks, one for each of the career clusters developed by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

Visit this Web site for more information about the Career Academic Readiness Frameworks External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Additional Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. General questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments should be directed to the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | | 916-445-8765
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