SDE: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is committed to ensuring that all students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college and careers.  In the 2014 - 2015 school year, the Smarter Balanced summative assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics will be administered to students.  A balanced assessment system - which includes summative and interim assessments and formative assessment practices - provides tools to improve teaching and learning.  The assessment system includes:

  • A computer adaptive summative assessment administered to students in Grades 3 through 8 and 11. 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 that help educators implement the formative assessment process.
  • An online reporting system that provides information about student progress toward college and career readiness.

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.

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

Assessment     Grade(s)    Testing Window 
Smarter Balanced
    English Language Arts/literacy & Mathematics   
3 - 8      March 17 - June 12, 2015   
Smarter Balanced
English Language Arts/literacy & Mathematics
11  April 27 - June 22, 2015

Connecticut's Achievement Level Desriptors for the Smarter Balanced Assessments


NEW - January 2015

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 will assess studentsí 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
scoring guides, to support teachers and other users. 
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Important Limitations: The Practice Tests do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the operational assessments in 2015, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions.

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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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