SDE: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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By the 2014 – 2015 school year, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will develop a system of assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics for Grades 3-8 and 11 aligned to Common Core State Standards.  The assessment system will include:

  • A computer adaptive summative assessment administered during the last 12 weeks of the school year. This assessment can be used to describe student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems.
  • Optional computer adaptive interim assessments administered at locally determined intervals. These assessments provide information about student progress throughout the year.
  • A Digital Library of Formative tools and resources that help teachers differentiate instruction and meet the unique needs of each student.
  • An online tailored reporting system that provides access information about student progress toward college and career readiness.

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To learn more, download a one-page overview of the Consortium.  Additional resources and frequently asked questions are available on the Smarter Balanced Web site, which showcases the progress toward the development of the balanced assessment system.

Connecticut, as a governing state in Smarter Balanced, is taking an active role in the consortium through representation on several workgroups.

View recent communication from the Connecticut State Department of Education regarding preparation for the Smarter Balanced implementation in 2014 - 2015. 

Smarter Balanced Field Test Administration Materials
      Test administration materials for the 2014 Field Test.

Smarter Balanced Field Test   

The Smarter Balanced Field Test  is scheduled to be administered from March 18 – June 6, 2014. The Field Test is a trial run of the assessment system that helps ensure the assessments are valid, reliable, and fair for all students.  

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
To help schools prepare for 2014 – 2015 school year and provide a preview of upcoming assessments, Smarter Balanced released  Practice Tests in Grades 3 - 8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.  The Practice Tests provide an opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core.
The Practice Test includes some of the supports available for English learners and students with disabilities, ELA and mathematics performance tasks, downloadable scoring guides, and a help desk to support teachers and other users.

Important Limitations: The Practice Tests do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the 2014 Field Test or on the operational assessments in 2015, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions.

Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Information
Smarter Balanced has developed policy that ensures next-generation assessments meet the needs of English learners and students with disabilities.  All students are eligible for universal accessibility tools and designated supports.  The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Information page has more specific information about accessibility tools and designated supports.   

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness

Data Protection and Privacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Smarter Balanced Educator Recruitment

As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the Connecticut State Department of Education continues to actively recruit Connecticut educators to participate in development activities.   Past recruitment opportunities include:

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Contact Information
Contact the Academic Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education at 860-713-6860 or with questions regarding Smarter Balanced.

Content Last Modified on 5/19/2014 2:26:22 PM