Smarter Balanced assessments will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.
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December 2009:States from Hawaii to Kansas collaborate to create dynamic interim and formative assessments that could be scaled to a common summative assessment.
March 2010:At the Next Generation K-12 Assessment Systems meeting, the Consortium joins forces with a collaboration of New England states and West Virginia working to create a balanced assessment system.
April 2010:U.S. Department of Education announces availability of funds for assessment development through Race to the Top. READ MORE
June 2010:Smarter Balanced submits Race to the Top Assessments grant to the U.S. Department of Education. READ MORE
Fall 2011:Smarter Balanced releases content specifications in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. READ MORE (Math) READ MORE (ELA/Literacy)
January 2012:Information technology systems architecture available. This provides a roadmap for how the Smarter Balanced technology vision will be realized. READ MORE
March 2012:Technology readiness tool available to assist with transition to online assessments. READ MORE
April 2012:Smarter Balanced awards contract for item writing for the Pilot Test and small-scale trials. READ MORE
May 2012:Smarter Balanced awards item authoring and item pool application contract. READ MORE
Spring 2012:Development of item and task specifications; accessibility and accommodations guidelines; and bias and sensitivity guidelines for assessment system. READ MORE
June 2012:Governing States approve the Formative Assessment Master Work Plan, which outlines the development of a digital library of formative assessment resources. READ MORE
August 2012:Advisory committees on English language learners and students with disabilities convened. READ MORE
Summer/Fall 2012:Teachers help write pilot items and tasks, review for alignment with CCSS, and check for bias/sensitivity. Cognitive labs and small-scale trials are conducted. READ MORE
September 2012:Smarter Balanced awards test delivery system contract. READ MORE
September 2012:Smarter Balanced holds twice-yearly Collaboration Conference, bringing together K-12 state leads, higher education leads, work groups, and contractors. READ MORE
October 2012:Smarter Balanced releases online, interactive sample of items and performance tasks. READ MORE
November 2012:Member states approve preliminary blueprint for summative assessment. READ MORE
November 2012:Smarter Balanced awards contract for the development of online reporting system. READ MORE
November 2012:Smarter Balanced releases draft initial achievement level descriptors and college content-readiness policy. READ MORE
December 2012:Smarter Balanced releases technology strategy framework and system requirements specifications. The framework provides minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations. READ MORE
Winter 2012:Teachers and teacher educators recruited to develop digital library of formative assessment tools and practices. READ MORE
Early 2013:Begin development of Exemplar Instructional Modules across grades in ELA/literacy in collaboration with State Networks of Educators (through May 2014). READ MORE
February – May 2013:Pilot Test of assessment items and performance tasks. Research sample includes 10 percent of public school students in member states; all schools may participate on a voluntary basis. READ MORE
March 2013:Sustainability plan approved by Governing States. READ MORE
Spring 2013:Teacher teams write Field Test items and tasks, review for alignment with CCSS, and check for bias/sensitivity (through fall 2013).
Spring 2013:Pilot Test scoring.
Spring 2013:Development of Field Test items and tasks; reporting system developed.
May 2013:Online Practice Tests released, featuring example test questions for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. READ MORE
Summer/Fall 2013:Field Test items and tasks are reviewed for content and bias/sensitivity.
September 2013:Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines adopted to ensure assessment system meets the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities. READ MORE
March 2014:Smarter Balanced begins Field test of summative and interim assessment items and performance tasks. READ MORE
May 2014:Governing States approve Achievement Level Setting design, career readiness frameworks, and summative test blueprints. READ MORE
June 2014:Field Test concludes. More than 4.2 million students participated, making it the largest online assessment ever. READ MORE
June 2014:Preview period begins for the Digital Library of formative assessment resources. Teachers can provide feedback through September 30. READ MORE
Summer 2014:Field test scoring. READ MORE
Fall 2014:Preliminary Achievement Level Setting occurs. READ MORE
October 2014:Digital Library available for use by member states. READ MORE
Winter 2014-2015:Interim Assessments available for use by member states. READ MORE
Spring 2015:Summative assessment available for use by member states.
Summer 2015:Final achievement standards for the summative assessment verified and adopted.