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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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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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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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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Smarter Balanced Launches Tools for Teachers

Created by Educators, Website Provides Lessons and Activities to Support Instruction Santa Clara, Calif. (September 30, 2020) — Smarter Balanced announced the grand opening of Tools for Teachers, an easy-to-use website featuring standards-aligned lessons and strategies designed by educators to save teachers time and boost student learning.  Educators can use Tools for Teachers to find trusted lessons and…

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Magda Chia, PhD., rejoins Smarter Balanced as Chief Strategy Officer October 15, 2020.

Smarter Balanced Hires Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Magda Chia Returns to Smarter Balanced Santa Clara, Calif. (September 10, 2020) — Smarter Balanced is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Magda Chia as our new Chief Strategy Officer. A former teacher, Chia served as a founding staff member of Smarter Balanced and specializes in the relationship between cultural and linguistic diversity and…

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Cover of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium "2020 Bach to School Assessment Playbook: Using the Smarter Balanced Assessment System to Improve Student Learning." The cover features the outline of a student sitting cross-legged with a computer in their lap.

Smarter Balanced Releases Back to School Assessment Playbook

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (July 23, 2020) – Smarter Balanced released the Back to School Assessment Playbook, which offers educators in Smarter Balanced member states guidance and recommendations regarding how they can use the new Tools for Teachers website, as well as nearly 150 interim assessment blocks, to accelerate learning this coming school year. The Playbook, developed in collaboration with Smarter…

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Now Available for Preview: Tools for Teachers

Resources and strategies to help teachers do what they do best…teach! Available for educators in member states beginning June 16, 2020, Tools for Teachers is an easy-to-use website that features lessons and activities created by educators to enhance instruction, save time, and prepare students for college or a career. A Commitment to Supporting StudentsSmarter Balanced…

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