Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

At a Glance

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, is a government-funded consortium that is developing assessments to test Common Core standards. These new assessments, called Smarter Balanced assessments, are computer based, cover English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics standards, and will provide information on college- and career-readiness.

What is the timeline for these tests, and when will scores become available?

Tests will start to be administered in Spring 2015, and those scores will establish a baseline for future progress. Schools in San Mateo County will have until May 29, 2015 to complete their Smarter Balanced testing, and individual score reports will be available soon after.

What are the key shifts?

Smarter Balanced assessments will include a wider range of questions than previous paper-based tests and will allow students to demonstrate more critical thinking skills.

Can you compare SBAC and STAR tests?

No, scores from previous STAR tests cannot be compared to scores from Smarter Balanced assessments because the tests are too different.

What will a student score report look like?

These more challenging tests in ELA and mathematics have a different scoring scale than the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program tests. To view a sample student score report, click here.

Each student score report will include a student's overall scores in both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and whether the student exceeded, met, nearly met, or did not meet achievement standards.


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