Smarter Updates

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

Smarter Balanced Hires Executive Program Officer

Santa Clara, CA, June 13, 2022 – Smarter Balanced is excited to announce the hiring of Lynelle Morgenthaler as its new Executive Program Officer.

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Smarter Balanced and National PTA Research Finds Parents Eager for More Information on How Assessment Systems Support Their Child’s Academic Progress

Clear information, actionable resources, and teacher feedback are a few of the key things parents say would be the most helpful toward their efforts to support their child’s academic progress. These findings are the result of focus groups with parents across the nation released by Smarter Balanced and National PTA.

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New SEL resources in Tools for Teachers support students' social-emotional learning.

Parent Institute for Quality Education and Smarter Balanced Partner to Create New Resources to Help Educators and Families Support Social-Emotional Learning

Parent Institute for Quality Education and Smarter Balanced Partner to Create New Resources to Help Educators and Families Support Social-Emotional Learning

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New Resources to Support Remote Teaching and Learning for Back-to-School 2021

Updates to the Remote Teaching and Learning website include improved navigation and new tools! Flexible lesson planning for in-person, remote, and hybrid teaching is the new normal. Are you ready? The Smarter Balanced Remote Teaching and Learning website is now updated with everything you need to get started. From accessibility strategies to an all-new framework…

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Dive Deeper to Support Students! Check out Sample Items and SmArt websites!

New Sample Test Questions and Resources for Scoring Student Writing

Newly released sample English Language Arts (ELA) and math test questions and annotated writing responses provide a more robust look at Smarter Balanced test content.

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Exploring Test Content is Smarter Than Ever

Smarter Content Explorer now helps educators better understand which tests assess specific learning targets, so they can select interim tests that measure precisely what they are teaching.

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New! Quick guides to resources and strategies in Tools for Teachers

New Tools for Teachers Quick Guides Explain How to Use Resources and Strategies

Website Landing Pages Provide a Deeper Dive into Smarter Tools   Ready to learn how Tools for Teachers‘ lessons and activities engage students in setting learning goals? Want to dive deeper into strategies that make using the formative assessment process a seamless part of instruction? New quick guides explain how different resources and strategies in Tools for Teachers support educators—all in one convenient location.  A Quick Guide to the Quick…

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Smarter Balanced Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Smarter Balanced Seeking Potential Technology Partners Through Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is soliciting information via a request for qualifications (RFQ) from organizations that are interested in collaborating to improve teaching and learning. Submissions are due February 8, 2021.

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Smarter Balanced Seeking Potential Partners Through Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Process

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is soliciting information via a request for qualifications (RFQ) from organizations that are interested in collaborating to improve teaching and learning. Submissions are due February 8, 2021.

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Illustration of teacher standing next to Tools for Teachers website logo. Icons representing professional development, accessibility, the formative assessment process, and connections playlists float nearby.

Smarter Balanced Launches Tools for Teachers

Created by Educators, Website Provides Lessons and Activities to Support Instruction Educators can use Tools for Teachers to find trusted lessons and activities that they can use flexibly for remote or in-person instruction. The website was developed with a commitment to accessibility, making it easy for educators to find strategies that support diverse learners. Tools…

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