Smarter Balanced Assessment


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:

Oregon Department of Education:

Student Resources:

Parent/Community Resources:

Staff Resources:


2014-15 OAKS/ELPA/SBAC Online Issue Tracker


Section I: Smarter Balanced Overview

Section II: Smarter Balanced Technology Related Activities

Section III: Smarter Balanced Training Material:

Section IV: Smarter Balanced Item Type and Sample Question Resources:


Technology Enhanced(Selected Response and Constructed Response)
These items take advantage of computer-based administration to assess a deeper understanding of content and skills than would otherwise be possible with traditional item types. Technology-enhanced items capitalize on technology to collect evidence through a non-traditional response type, such as editing text or drawing an object.
Performance Tasks

Performance tasks measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards — a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with selected- or constructed-response items. Performance tasks in reading, writing, and mathematics will be part of the summative assessments.

English Language Arts Mathematics English Language Arts Mathematics
3rd to 5th Grade 3rd to 5th ELA Items 3rd to 5th Math Items 3rd to 5th ELA Task 3rd to 5th Math Task
6th to 8th Grade 6th to 8th ELA  Items 6th to 8th Math Items 6th to 8th ELA Task 6th to 8th Math Task
High School High School ELA Items High School Math Items High School ELA Task High School Math Task

Section V: Smarter Balanced Student Supports:

Section VI:  Additional Information: