A Student-Centered, Accessible System
The Smarter Balanced assessment system provides accurate measures of achievement and growth while challenging students to think critically and solve real-world problems. A core principle of the Smarter Balanced system is equity and accessibility for students.
Supports for Students
Smarter Balanced tests are designed so that students—including students who are learning English or have special needs—can participate in the tests meaningfully. Our end-of-year tests include accessibility resources that address visual, auditory, cognitive, and physical access barriers—allowing test takers to demonstrate what they know and can do.
Supports for Families
Starting Smarter provides families with information to help them better understand student score reports. With a complete picture of their child's learning, knowledge and skills, parents are starting smarter conversations with teachers about what they can do to support learning at home.