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
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Field Test Window Will Now Start March 25
PDF Icon Grades 9th and 10th now optional for Smarter Balanced Field Test - January 2014
PDF Icon Idaho AG Opinion on Standards and Assessments
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced - Idaho Specific FAQs
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced - Points of Emphasis
PDF Icon Student Data Privacy and Assessments
PDF Icon Letter from U.S. Department of Education re: Data and Smarter Balanced Assessment, March 24, 2014
PDF Icon Idaho Test Administration (Proctoring) Policy, March 25, 2014
PDF Icon Proctor Test Security Agreement
PDF Icon Test Security Reminders
For communication resources for parents, please see the Communications Toolkit
PDF Icon Field Test Media Access Guidance, April 1, 2014
Field Test Updates
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Field Test Monthly Update - January 2014
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Field Test Update - February/March 2014
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Field Test Monthly Update - March 2014
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Field Test Monthly Update - December 2013
Sample Items and Performance Tasks
Smarter Balanced Releases Sample Assessment Items and Performance Tasks Link
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Sample Items FAQ
Video State Department of Education webinar on Sample Items and Performance Tasks, October 10, 2012 [69.6 MB]
Powerpoint Icon Smarter Balanced Sample Items Template Presentation 10-10-12
Powerpoint Icon Thumbnail Comparison of ISAT Test Design with SBAC Final 2-20-13

Smarter Balanced Practice Test Link
Technology Resources

District or personnel with technology questions about the Field Test can contact the Field Test Help Desk for assistance: Telephone number: 1 (855) 833-1969

PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Executive Summary
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Framework
PDF Icon Idaho System requirements 2013-2014
Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator Link
Excel Icon SBAC Tech Readiness Calculator for High Schools
Powerpoint Icon SBAC Tech Presentation for IETA Conference
SBAC Technology Requirements Link
Secured Browsers for the Field Test Link
iPad App for Secure Browser Link
Android App for Secure Browser Link

To view information on the SBAC Technology Readiness Tool please visit:

www.techreadiness.net Link
Video SBAC Tech Readiness Tool - How to Update Data
Webinars
Video Smarter Balanced Transition Update Webinar, December 18, 2013
Powerpoint Icon Smarter Balanced Transition Update PPT, December 18, 2013
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Transition Update Notes and Questions, December 18, 2013
Video Smarter Balanced Field Test Webinar for Principals, March 6, 2014
PDF Icon FAQs from Smarter Balanced Field Test Webinar for Principals, March 6, 2014
Smarter-Balanced Preparations in Coeur d'Alene School District Link
Powerpoint Icon Twin Falls School District Presentation
Tech Webinars
Video SBAC and Group Policy
Video SBAC and Chromebooks
Video SBAC Tech Webinar for Districts – 1
Video SBAC Tech Webinar for Districts - 2
Additional Resources
PDF Icon PTA Idaho Assessment Guide
Powerpoint Icon Transition to the Next Generation of Assessments
Implications for Instruction Connecting the CCSS-M and Smarter Balanced Assessment Webinars
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
Excel Icon Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Participants (IDAHO)
Smarter Balanced Practice Test Link
Idaho Communications Toolkit

For more information on the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, visit http://www.smarterbalanced.org.

To view additional SBAC FAQs, please visit http://www.smarterbalanced.org/resources-events/faqs/.

Contact:
TJ Bliss, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment
(208) 332-6842
tjbliss@sde.idaho.gov