Common Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop a next-generation assessment system that accurately measures student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year. Idaho is a governing state in the Smarter Balanced and holds a seat on the executive committee.

Recent Communications

The Educator Communications Toolkit is designed to assist teachers and other instructional staff in discussing the Smarter Balanced assessment system with parents, community members, and other constituents. It includes the following elements in a single document that can be shared within districts, advocacy organizations, charter school networks, and other relevant stakeholders in your community: