Table of Contents

Coherent System Components

The table below provides additional detail on each of the components of the Smarter Balanced assessment system. As you review this table, think about how this system differs from the California STAR Program.

Components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Type of Assessment

When Administered

Format/Structure

Assessment Methods

Purpose/Use

Summative

Last 12 weeks of  school year

Two parts: Computer Adaptive and Performance Assessment

Selected Response;
Constructed Response; Performance Tasks; Technology- Enhanced

Assess student achievement growth as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability

Interim

Locally determined intervals

Two parts: Computer Adaptive and Performance Assessment

Selected Response;
Constructed Response;
Performance Tasks; Technology- Enhanced

Progress monitoring;
identifying strengths and needs  in relation to the CA CCSS

Formative Tools 
and Practices

Daily classroom  use

Digital, on-demand library of practices, tools,  and resources

Not Applicable

Progress monitoring;
identifying individual student and student group strengths and needs in relation to the CA  CCSS; Professional learning for teachers

 


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