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 during the last 12 weeks of the school year 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, 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 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 11/9/2014 5:45:58 PM