SDE: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is committed to ensuring that all students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college and careers.  The Smarter Balanced summative assessments are aligned to Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  A balanced assessment system - which includes summative assessments, optional interim assessments, and formative assessment practices - provides tools to improve teaching and learning.  The assessment system includes:

  • summative assessment administered to students in Grades 3 through 8 and 11 consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test and performance tasks. 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 and fixed form interim assessments administered at locally determined intervals.  The interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.
  • A Digital Library of instructional and professional learning resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards to help educators implement the formative assessment process.
  • An Online Reporting System that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports will show student achievement and progress toward toward college and career readiness.

To learn more about Smarter Balanced assessments, download a one-page overview of the Consortium. Additional resources and frequently asked questions are available on the Smarter Balanced Web site.

State Assessment

Content Area(s)


Testing Window*

Smarter Balanced

English Language Arts/ Literacy & Mathematics

3 – 8

March 15 – June 10, 2016

*These are preliminary testing windows and subject to change.

Connecticut State Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal

The Connecticut State Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Portal provides all test administration resources for Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, Technology Coordinators, as well as for parents and families.

Communication from the Connecticut State Department of Education

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced 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 assesses 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, and downloadable resources including
scoring guides to support teachers and other users. 
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Special Population Resources

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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.

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