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 . 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.
Digital Library Self-Registration
Staff from local educational agencies (LEAs) can access the self-registration feature through the Smarter Balanced Digital Library storefront page . 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.
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 (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.
Digital Library Spotlight webinars highlight Digital Library resources related to timely and relevant topics and are facilitated by national experts and innovative practitioners.