Smarter Balanced Assessment

Sample SBA Questions Tool

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a system of valid, reliable, and fair assessments linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 10. The system includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use. Computer adaptive testing technologies are used to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that can be used to help students succeed.

Smarter Balanced assessments go beyond multiple-choice questions. The assessments include extended response, technology enhanced items, and performance tasks which allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. The link above on the right hand side of the page will take you to sample SBA Questions.

For information on interpreting your student's SBA scores please see this page.

The core components of Smarter Balanced are:

Required Summative Assessments:

  • Mandatory accountability measures which include computer adaptive assessments and performance tasks, administered in grades 3-8 and 10 for English language arts and mathematics;
  • Designed to provide information about students’ progress toward and attainment of the knowledge and skills needed to be college – and – career ready;
  • Produce composite content area scores, based on computer adaptive items and performance tasks.

Optional Interim Assessments:

  • Comprehensive or content cluster measures which include computer adaptive assessments and performance tasks and which can be administered at locally determined times throughout the school year;
  • Results are reported on the same scale as the summative assessment to provide information about how students are progressing;
  • Give teachers the flexibility to select item sets that provide focused measurement of specific content clusters and use the results to better understand students’ strengths and limitations in relation to the standards.

Formative tools and processes:

  • Provides resources for teachers on how to collect and use information about student success in acquisition of the CCSS;
  • Will be used by teachers throughout the year to better understand a student’s learning needs, check for misconceptions and/or to provide evidence of progress toward learning goals.