Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Smarter Balanced Digital Library

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 tools, supported by professional learning and instructional resources located in the Digital Library External link opens in new window or tab.. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60642.6, the Digital Library is available to local educational agencies (LEAs) for use in K–12. 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. More information on the purpose, features, and content of Digital Library is available on a convenient Digital Library Fact Sheet (PDF). Below is a screenshot of the Digital Library landing page.

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.,, must contact their LEA CAASPP coordinator for assistance creating a new account.

The Formative Assessment Process

The 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 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.

Related Resources

Digital Library Spotlight webinars highlight Digital Library resources related to timely and relevant topics and are facilitated by national experts and innovative practitioners.

Digital Library Promotional Flyer (PDF; Posted 27-July-2018)

Formative Assessment and Digital Library Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 2, 2018
Related Content
  • Digital Library State Network of Educators
    Information on the State Network of Educators (SNE), a team of educators which evaluates resources for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices.
  • Meet an SNE Member
    As a new attribute, CDE will be introducing one of California’s outstanding members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) each month.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment System
    Latest information about the new generation of English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments.
  • Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
    The progress monitoring component of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.
Recently Posted in Testing