What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment System? The Smarter Balanced Assessment System is built from three components:
- Summative Assessments, which are designed for annual accountability purposes
- Interim Assessments, which are designed to support classroom teaching and student learning throughout the entire school year
- The Digital Library, which is designed to support classroom-based formative assessment processes by providing resources for teachers to hone their craft.
Summative Assessments are comprehensive end-of-year assessments designed to accurately describe student achievement and learning growth in a reliable and fair manner, providing valid measures of students’ progress toward, and attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college- and career-ready. Through the use of modern computer adaptive testing and performance tasks, the Summative Assessment is designed to provide efficient and precise measurement across the full range of student achievement, while providing a quick turnaround of results.