Smarter Balanced Assessment System


The Smarter Balanced Assessment System is
based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
This system utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students
to show what they know and are able to do. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has
three components: the Summative Assessments, designed for state and federal 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 relationship between these components, the Common Core State Standards,
and college and career readiness is displayed in the Smarter Balanced Assessment System
Graphic. The graphic shows the Common Core State Standards
as the basis for K-12 preparation toward an expectation for college and career readiness. Summative Assessments are comprehensive end
of year assessments for grades three through eight and eleven for English language arts/literacy
and mathematics. The summative assessments are administered as part of the California
Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System, also known as CAASPP. Interim Assessments are designed to improve
and promote teaching and learning by providing information that can be used to monitor student
progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards. These optional resources
are available to all kindergarten through grade twelve teachers. There are two types of Interim Assessments,
the Interim Comprehensive Assessments and the Interim Assessment Blocks. The Comprehensive
Assessments assess the same standards and claims as the summative assessments. The Assessment
Blocks assess smaller sets of targets or specific areas, which allow teachers flexibility in
assessing student learning aligned with instruction. The Digital Library consists of tools and
practices designed to help teachers utilize formative assessment processes in their classroom
instruction for improved student learning in all grades. These optional resources are
available to all California educators. Providing schools and their teachers with
information and tools they can use to improve teaching and learning, makes for a perfect
recipe for student success. The goal is to have all students leave high school, ready
to enter college or the work force. For more information on these three components,
you may go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/

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