The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a multistate consortium working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. As a Smarter Balanced governing state, California is a decision-making member. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
Assembly Bill 484 Questions and Answers (Updated 12-Nov-2013)
Questions and answers regarding Assembly Bill (AB) 484, which establishes California’s new statewide student assessment system. AB 484 was signed into law on October 2, 2013.
Bimonthly program updates issued by the California Department of Education (CDE).
Smarter Balanced Updates
Current update and archived updates sent to the CDE Smarter Balanced e-mail list. To receive bimonthly updates on Smarter
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Spring 2014 Field Test
Field Test Questions and Answers (Updated 27-Nov-2013)
Answers to questions about requirements and expectations of local educational agency participation in the spring 2014 Field Test.
Sampling Plan for the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test (New 22-Nov-2013)
November 20, 2013 letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Spring 2014 Field Test
The Smarter Balanced Field Test will take place between March 18 and June 6, 2014. Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will be assessed via computer in English-language arts and mathematics. A small sample of ninth and tenth grade students will also participate in the Field Test.
Practice Tests and Sample Items
The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests are now available for grades three through eight and grade eleven in English-language arts and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments.
Sample Items and Performance Tasks
The samples on the Smarter Balanced Web site illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English-language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced assessments.
Digital Library Development
Scheduled to be available in 2014, the Digital Library is a critical component of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments and will include a variety of resources to improve teaching and learning.
Quality Criteria for the Digital Library
Smarter Balanced Director of Professional Learning Chrystyna Mursky provides background on the development of the Quality Criteria for the Digital Library, as well as an overview of the rating system to be used for resources. In addition, Formative Assessment Practices/Transition to the Common Core Work Group members explain how State Leadership Teams and State Networks of Educators will use the Quality Criteria to evaluate resources for the Digital Library starting in late August.
State Network of Educators
The State Network of Educators will review resources for the inclusion of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.
Technology Readiness Webinar Recording - November 2013 (New 14-Nov-2013)
A recording of a live webinar presented by the California Department of Education on November 4, 2013 on technology readiness for the Smarter Balanced Assessment system.
Technology Readiness Tool
Information on the Web-based tool used by districts to report on the current technology at each school in the district. Includes links to video training modules, frequently asked questions, and file import layout specifications.
Minimum System Requirements
- Press Release - Smarter Balanced Releases Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications
The framework, developed by Navigation North on behalf of the Consortium, provides minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing devices will support the administration of next-generation assessments.
- The Smarter Balanced Technology page has the latest updates to the Smarter Balanced technology requirements.
Smarter Balanced Resources
Preliminary test blueprints, initial achievement level descriptors and college content readiness policy, accessibility and accommodation information, Common Core State Standards, presentations, frequently asked questions, and fact sheets.