Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is a public agency supported by 15 states, one territory, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced created an on-line assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning. Smarter Balanced is housed at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS). 


The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed – regardless of disability, language or subgroup. Smarter Balanced involves experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.


Smarter News

Smarter Balanced provides updates on the development of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and activities in member states. Sign up here.


Quarterly Reports


Race to the Top Assessment Program

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