This handout highlights the key milestones Smarter Balanced has met toward the on-time launch of the assessment system in the 2014-15 schoolyear. Click to view.
Publications & Resources
The September 2012 quarterly report. Click to view. Click to view.
This document provides information on the progress of the Smarter Balanced reporting initiative. In collaboration with Smarter Balanced member states, a user-focused design process is underway to identify the key groups that will use the reports and their priorities. Click to view.
This two-page handout includes 10 frequently asked questions that explain the purpose of the sample items and performance tasks, and how they are intended to be utilized to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implement the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessment system in the 2014-15 school year. Click to view.
This framework will guide translation of the mathematics assessments for English language learners (ELLs). In addition to addressing the diverse linguistics backgrounds of ELLs, the framework proposes several translation accommodations options and makes recommendations for successfully implementing each alternative in the assessment system. Click to view.
A committee of educators will develop achievement level descriptors (ALDs) for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in grades 3–8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics. This document provides an overview of what ALDs are, discusses how the Smarter Balanced ALDs will be developed, and outlines the ALD workshop. Click to view.
This one-page handout provides an overview of the key benefits the Smarter Balanced assessments for parents, students, teachers and policymakers. Click to view.