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What is the Smarter Balanced system of assessments?

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California Alternate Assessment Information for Parents


California Alternate Assessments - 2016 Video

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Frequently asked questions regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Student Perspective of Tests

This excellent parent video describes the purposes of Smarter Balanced assessments told from the student perspective about the importance of the Smarter Balanced Summative Test results, and how the new tests will help inform and prepare students for their future.  The video was created by Riverside Unified School District.  Please click on image below to view.


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Smarter Balanced Scale Score Ranges Web Page

California is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  Smarter Balanced assessments will include:

  • Comprehensive assessments in grades 3rd through 8th, and 11th grade.
  • Assessments will be computer adaptive for only two content areas: English Language Arts(ELA) and Mathematics.
  • Items will include multiple choice, short constructed response, and performance tasks.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments will cover ELA and Math in grades 3rd– 8th and 11th grade.  California may continue to use California State Test (CST) for Science.

Additional information regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessments is available at the Smarter Balanced website.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has published both a practice and a training tests that provides students, parents, and educational staff a preview of the assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3-8 and 11 in both ELA and Math.  The Smarter Balanced Practice Test allows interested parties to experience a full grade-level assessment and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students' mastery of the Common Core.  Each grade level assessment includes a variety of question types and difficulty. The tests include universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

The Smarter Balanced Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will experience on the Smarter Balanced Assessments given each spring.  The Training Test is organized by grade bands (grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school), not by specific grade levels.  The questions on the Training Test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types.  Similar to the Practice Test, the the Training Test includes all embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.