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Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced Overview

Smarter Balanced has three components that all public schools in Washington can access: A Digital Library with instructional and professional learning resources, interim assessments for use throughout the year, and an end-of-year summative assessment.

1. The Digital Library contains classroom activities, lessons, and professional development resources to help enhance instruction and support learning by helping educators implement the formative assessment process in their classrooms. The Digital Library also contains Connections Playlists that provide instructional next steps based on interim assessment results.

Educators can self-register for the Digital Library through the Digital Library landing page. If assistance is needed, contact your District Assessment Coordinator (DAC). DACs may email assessmentanalysts@k12.wa.us for technical help with educator access. 

2. Interim assessments allow teachers to check student learning throughout the year, giving them information they can use to improve their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards. Interim assessments can serve a variety of educator needs. These computer-based tests provide meaningful feedback that teachers can use to help inform instruction and promote student success. The interim assessments are student and teacher facing; they are not for public use, display, or distribution.

Learn more about the interim assessments through the Interim Assessment Overview document or by visiting Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Support for using the grades 9 and 10 Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) is provided in the High School ICA Overview document.

3. Summative assessments are one measure of students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. These assessments are given at the end of the school year and consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task.

Visit the WCAP Portal for more information on Smarter Balanced assessments.

Educators need to work with their school and/or district staff to access interim assessments and resources and to administer summative assessments. DACs may email assessmentanalysts@k12.wa.us for technical help with assigning educator roles for interim and summative assessments.


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