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Smarter Balanced Tools for Teachers


Tools for Teachers preview is now available!

Tools for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab. is the new formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system. It is an online collection of resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards that supports K–12 teachers in their use of the formative assessment process to adjust teaching to improve student learning. Tools for Teachers features:

  • Formative assessment and accessibility strategies embedded in every instructional resource
  • Responsive, accessible instructional resources aligned with learning and accessibility standards
  • Interactive Connections Playlists of resources linked to interim assessments

The instructional resources in Tools for Teachers are developed, submitted, and reviewed by members of the State Network of Educators. The State Network of Educators consists of educators from Smarter Balanced member states, including California.

On June 16, 2020, a preview of Tools for Teachers became available to California local educational agency (LEA) staff. Additional resources and features will be added to the preview web site in preparation for the grand opening of Tools for Teachers scheduled for September 30, 2020.

LEA staff with a Digital Library account have already received a Tools for Teachers account automatically, and can access Tools for Teachers through the link at caaspp.org External link opens in new window or tab. or at smartertoolsforteachers.org External link opens in new window or tab. and self-registration is available for new users with an LEA email address.

Tools for Teachers Demonstration Video

This 8-minute video features a demonstration of the Tools for Teachers preview web site.


The Formative Assessment Process

Tools for Teachers 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 description of each of the four attributes is available in this Formative Assessment Process flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

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

Formative Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 26, 2020
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