Development and Design

Looking for Item Specifications?
If so, visit Smarter Content Explorer!

Along with creating an innovative assessment, Smarter Balanced is committed to an unprecedented level of transparency, so that anyone who is interested can see exactly how the test is made.

Homepage of the Smarter Content Explorer Website Includes a "welcome Educators" message and a menu to select grade, subject, claim, target, and standards.

Smarter Content Explorer provides easy access to Item and Task Specifications embedded in every search. The Test Development section provides information about Test Blueprints (summative and interim), Guidelines and Resources (accessibility and scoring), and Content Specifications. Visit this resource to learn how test items connect to academic standards.

Below, we provide advanced technical documentation about the process of developing the Smarter Balanced assessment system.