The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has developed a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system, Smarter Balanced Assessment, will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.  Below are Smarter Balanced resources:

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is scheduled for the spring. The specific testing windows below in the District Assessment Calendar.


Resources for Parents

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
This website provides information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a federally funded consortium working to develop assessments, that accurately measure a student’s progress toward college- and career- readiness.

If a parent would like to take a moment and experience the Smarter Balanced Assessment practice test, you can log in to the practice portal as a guest.

State of New Hampshire Smarter Balanced Assessment Transition Frequently Asked Questions
This document answers many common questions or concerns regarding the transition from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Parent Guide to Understanding the Common Core
This website provides Parent Guides to the Common Core State Standards. These guides developed by the National PTA offer a comprehensive overview of the Common Core and expectations for students at each grade level.

“What is the Smarter Balanced?” Parent Video
This short video showcases teachers and administrators explaining exactly what the Smarter Balanced Assessment means to them and how it impacts the classroom and students. The teachers in the video are from Idaho, however, it demonstrates the national focus on student assessment and the commonalities that exist.


Resources for Teachers

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Digital Library

The Digital Library includes a series of assessment literacy and exemplar instructional modules in English and math. In addition, the library will include professional learning and instructional materials contributed by teachers. The library is interactive, allowing users to rate materials and to share their expertise with educators across the state or across the country. Teachers can quickly search the Digital Library by criteria such as grade level, Common Core standards referenced, target student population, and much more.

Logging into the Digital Library Resources Tutorial

Collaboration Tools and Forum Support in the Digital Library Tutorial

Technology Preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessment

To be aware and better prepare our students for the actual Smarter Balanced Assessment, guides have been created to support teachers in preparing students for the technological skills needed to participate on the assessment.

Elementary Guide for Student Technology Preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessment

Middle School Guide for Student Technology Preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessment

High School Guide for Student Technology Preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessment

Teacher Training Resources

Please see the following links to access field test teacher manuals and guides, sample materials, and the practice portal to actual use the student interface of the assessment.

Visit http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ for the following resources and information: