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Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments


The Smarter Balanced assessment system has three components: the summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and the Digital Library, designed to support classroom-based formative assessment processes. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Graphic (PDF) displays the relationship between these components, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and college and career readiness.

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60642.6, interim assessments are available to all local educational agencies. The interim assessments are specifically designed to provide meaningful information for gauging student progress throughout the year toward mastery of the skills measured by the summative assessments.

There are two types of interim assessments:

  1. Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) are built on the same blueprints as the summative assessments. The ICAs include the same item types and formats, including performance tasks, as the summative assessments, and yield results on the same vertical scale. The ICAs yield overall scale scores, overall performance level designations, and claim-level information.
2018–19 Interim Comprehensive Assessment Blueprints

Interim Comprehensive Assessment Blueprints for ELA External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Interim Comprehensive Assessment Blueprints for Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

  1. Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) focus on the smaller sets of targets and therefore provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. The IABs yield overall information for each block. A flyer listing all IABs available by grade (PDF) shows the blocks available for grade level English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.
2018–19 Interim Assessment Block Blueprints

Interim Assessment Block Blueprints for ELA External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Interim Assessment Block Blueprints for Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

For more information about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, an interim assessment fact sheet (PDF) and interim assessment frequently asked questions are available.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 24, 2018
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