Smarter Updates

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

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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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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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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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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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Smarter Balanced Releases Two New Instructional Supports Videos

New Smarter Balanced video releases provide closer look at Tools for Teachers and Smarter Content Explorer websites, adding to the full Instructional Supports series.

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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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