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 Year in Review 2019.

Smarter Balanced Year in Review 2019

Supporting Educators and Students at a Whole New Level This was a busy year—and decade—at Smarter Balanced! We’ll ring out the “teens” invigorated by our commitment to improving learning outcomes for students. And in June, we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary, when states and territories banded together to develop our world-class assessment system.  In 2019, we released a suite of…

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Interims + Playlists + Digital Library = Powerful Instruction. How to use assessment data to identify gaps in learning.

Interims + Playlists + Digital Library = Powerful Instruction

NOTE: The Smarter Balanced Digital Library was decommissioned. Please visit Tools for Teachers, the new home for instructional resources and professional learning. How to Use Assessment Data to Identify Gaps in Learning Elizabeth Johnston, Guest BloggerEnglish Language Arts Teacher (7th Grade) We are getting into testing season and everyone wants to make sure their kids have…

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Graphic: 5 Ways to Make Interims a Natural Part of Instruction.

5 Ways to Make Interims a Natural Part of Instruction

Elizabeth Johnston, Guest BloggerEnglish Language Arts Teacher (7th Grade)  Have you used interim assessment blocks (IABs) with your students? Do you use them as a common assessment with your team to identify student needs? Or maybe your district uses them as a tool to review student progress? Weaving interims into classroom activities is a natural way to…

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4 Ways to Use Interim Assessment Blocks in the Classroom.

4 Ways to Supercharge Learning with IABs

Tips and Tricks for Using Interim Assessment Blocks in the Classroom Interim Assessment Blocks are quick, flexible tools teachers can use with students as learning opportunities and to collect information about learning. Based on collaboration with, and feedback from, member state educators, here are the top four ways you can use IABs to give learning…

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Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) Provide Early Detection of College and Career Readiness

Educators can now use ICAs more effectively in Grades 9 & 10 with the release of new cut scores Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) — one component of the complete assessment system — allow teachers to check student progress toward college and career readiness throughout the year. With new cut scores, or achievement levels, in grades 9 and…

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