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The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components: summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and formative assessment processes, supported by professional learning and instructional resources located in the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Graphic (PDF) displays the relationship between these components, the Common Core State Standards, and college and career readiness.

The Digital Library provides subject- and grade-specific resources intended to help educators apply the formative assessment process during daily instruction. In addition, the Digital Library has collaboration features that allow users to rate materials and share their expertise with educators across the country. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60642.6, the Digital Library is available to local educational agencies (LEAs) for use in K–12.

To view the new CAASPP Institute training materials featuring the Digital Library, go to the Digital Library CAASPP Institute Training Materials Web page.

Below is a screenshot of the landing page you will see after logging on to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.

This is a screenshot of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library landing page, after a user logs in with the required credentials. This page is where account holders can search for specific Digital Library resources, chose favorite resources, and manage their account.

Digital Library Self-Registration

Staff from local educational agencies (LEAs) can access the self-registration feature through the Smarter Balanced Digital Library storefront page External link opens in new window or tab.. New accounts can be created by individual users as long as their e-mail address is affiliated with a known LEA e-mail domain. Staff with a non-LEA-specific e-mail domain (e.g., gmail.com, yahoo.com) must contact their LEA CAASPP coordinator for assistance creating a new account.

LEA CAASPP coordinators are responsible for maintaining current users and registering new users in the Digital Library through the Administration and Registration Tool (ART). LEA CAASPP coordinators should contact the CalTAC Help Desk by phone at 1-800-955-2954 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org if they have questions or need assistance.

The Formative Assessment Process

To view the new CAASPP Institute training materials featuring the formative assessment process, go to the Formative Assessment CAASPP Institute Training Materials Web page. The formative assessment process is key to a balanced assessment system.

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library supports educators with the four attributes of formative assessment: (1) Clarify Intended Learning; (2) Elicit Evidence; (3) Interpret Evidence; and (4) Act on Evidence. A Smarter Balanced document describing the four attributes of the Formative Assessment Process External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) is available. The Digital Library is an online collection of resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards that support K–12 teachers in their use of formative assessment processes to adjust teaching to improve student learning. These resources are developed, submitted, and reviewed by members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators.

Formative Assessment in Action Video Series

The Formative Assessment in Action Video Series features California members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment techniques in their classrooms.

Digital Library Playlists

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library has more than 3,000 resources. For ease of use and convenience, the CDE and Smarter Balanced have assembled playlists that address professional learning topics and relate to specific subject- and grade-level Interim Assessment Blocks. Further details are available on the Digital Library Playlists Web page.

Spotlight Webinar and Forum Series

Digital Library Spotlight Webinar and Forum Series are hosted by Smarter Balanced and facilitated by Digital Library resource authors who are national experts and innovative practitioners in a variety of areas such as curriculum, English language development, and special education. During the Webinars and forums, resource authors provide an overview of the resource materials and highlight formative assessment strategies that can be used to support teaching and learning. Further details about the spotlight Webinars and forums are available on the Spotlight Webinar and Forum Series Web page.

Related Resources

Digging into the Smarter Balanced Digital Library cover presentation slide.Digging into the Smarter Balanced Digital Library is a new tool designed to guide educators’ exploration of the features and resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Use this two-module professional learning resource, based on the formative assessment process, to investigate the contents of the Digital Library. Each module’s progressive tasks allow users to isolate increasingly specific resources to support instructional and professional learning. Download the modules and peruse the provided sample uses, facilitator and participant roles, and time estimates to develop an implementation procedure tailored for LEA and site needs.


Digital Library Fact Sheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Digital Library, the formative assessment process, and the features that allow teachers to search by a multitude of features of instructional materials that will help inform teaching and learning. The fact sheet is ideal for sharing with educators, parents and guardians, school board members, and community representatives.

Formative Assessment and Digital Library Frequently Asked Questions

Video Resources

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library New Search Feature External link opens in new window or tab. (Posted 30-Sep-2017)
This 4-minute video provides a demonstration of the new search feature in the Digital Library.

Introducing the Smarter Balanced Digital Library (Posted 06-Mar-2015)
This six-minute video provides a general introduction to the Digital Library with endorsements from California educators who are using formative assessment resources from the Digital Library.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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