Smarter Updates

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

3 Tools to Help You Learn More About the Test

With summative testing season approaching, educators can use Smarter Balanced’s system of tools to better understand how Smarter Balanced tests measure student progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math. 1. Smarter Content Explorer Smarter Content Explorer provides educators access to Smarter Balanced test design and development information, including summative…

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Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month serves as an annual tradition to celebrate some of the many African American achievements that helped shape U.S. history. This month marks the time to highlight voices from the past who took incredible risks and made enormous impacts to empower their peers and set examples for future generations.  In this post, we’re…

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2021 Year in Review

As we move forward into 2022 and think back to 2021, we recognize the incredible strides made by teachers, students, and parents as the world continues to navigate change and challenges. Although 2021 came with more obstacles, we were better prepared to face them. Smarter Balanced focused its efforts on its member states and their…

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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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Social-Emotional Learning Resources for Teachers - Bot academic performance and communication skills.

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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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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Nevada Superintendent: Smarter Balanced System ‘Helps Us Identify Opportunity Gaps’

Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Nevada, shared in a new K12 Dive commentary how her state uses the Smarter Balanced system of tools and resources to inform their pursuit of equitable, quality education for all students.

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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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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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