Testing & Test Results: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

What are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments?

Computer-based tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that are administered to students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The computer-adaptive section includes a range of item types such as selected response, constructed response, table, fill-in, graphing, etc. The performance tasks are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards — a key component of college and career readiness.

Smarter Balanced Score Report Information

The California Department of Education has created a new website for parents and guardians, Starting Smarter, to ensure that parents and guardians have the information they need to best support their child’s learning.

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Additional resources

CAASPP Parent Interactive Website

Guide to Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report – forthcoming

A Parent Guide to Understanding the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

Common Core State Standards from the California Department of Education

Common Core State Standards – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Understanding Your Student Score Report: This five-minute video will help parents and students learn about the Student Score Report of year-end standardized test results.

Entendiendo el reporte individual de los resultados de CAASP: Video de 7 minutos explica el reporte individual de los resultados de CAASPP.