Smarter Updates

Learn more about Smarter Balanced’s latest assessment resources and releases, and updates around supports available to schools, districts, and member states.

Support Student Learning with Smarter Balanced Interims

As the calendar turns to 2022, teachers need resources to support student progress. A great way to check student learning and adjust instruction is to use Smarter Balanced interim assessments and interim test items. In this post, you’ll take a quick journey on the Smarter Balanced interim train so you can keep your students’ learning…

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Tools For Teachers Launches Social-Emotional Learning Resources

To help teachers support the social-emotional learning needs of students (which is critical as they navigate the challenges of another pandemic-influenced school year!) Smarter Balanced and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), partnered to launch new SEL-focused professional learning resources.

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Teach: Advocacy. Justice. Inclusion.

Three Steps to Incorporating LGBTQ+ Learning in Your Classroom

Happy Pride Month! Educators play a special role in helping students feel accepted for who they are. By sharing the achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Plus (LGBTQ+) community and why we celebrate Pride Month, you can help students better understand and accept all individuals while creating a safe and inclusive environment.

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Juneteenth: Liberate. Celebrate. Educate.

Celebrate Juneteenth with Lessons and Resources

As the school year comes to a close, it’s important to take time to recognize Juneteenth — a nationally celebrated holiday that commemorates African American freedom on June 19, 1865. The holiday also serves as a significant reminder that the work surrounding equity and inclusion is a continual effort to lift up diverse voices. We’ve…

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Tools for Teachers Lessons Help Celebrate Female Voices

Tools for Teachers provides ELA lessons that focus on research/inquiry (claim 4), and analyzing information/sources (target 3). The topics are interesting too–think dangerous ocean animals and exploring why it rains (a question every kid asks at some point!). 

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Tools for Teachers Instructional Resources Support STEM Learning

Tools for Teachers provides ELA lessons that focus on research/inquiry (claim 4), and analyzing information/sources (target 3). The topics are interesting too–think dangerous ocean animals and exploring why it rains (a question every kid asks at some point!). 

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Smarter Balanced Year in Review 2020

Supporting Teaching and Learning During an Unprecedented Year What a year! Looking back at 2020 comes with mixed emotions, but the truth is, Smarter Balanced made big strides in supporting educators at a time when they needed it most.   Classroom teaching became remote learning and teachers had to quickly adjust to this new reality. Together with students…

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Learn to Score Student Writing the SmART Way!

New Smarter Annotated Response Tool (SmART) Now Available Smarter Balanced worked with educators to create the Smarter Annotated Response Tool (SmART), a dynamic tool that supports educators in understanding how student writing is scored on Smarter Balanced assessments. Educators can use SmART to explore how different student responses are scored across the grade levels and writing…

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Ten Smarter Tools for Ten Years

Smarter Balanced Celebrates a Decade of Supporting Educators Building web-based applications to support teaching has been part of Smarter Balanced’s mission from the beginning. We heard loud and clear that high-quality assessment requires equally high-quality support in the classroom to ensure student learning goals are aligned with state academic standards. The challenging work of teaching…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration

Smarter Balanced Honors Consortium Members and Educators for their Dedication to Developing High-Quality Measurement Tools and Instructional Supports Thank you, educators! As we celebrate Smarter Balanced’s 10th anniversary, we honor your work and the collaboration of hundreds of educators to build a fair, accurate system to measure what our students know and can do.  And…

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