Smarter Balanced Updates

Please find below some additional information about the Smarter Balanced assessment

Summary of Smarter Balanced Components

Smarter Balanced as adopted by the State of Maine has three core components.

  • Summative Assessment- this is the mandatory assessment of ELA/Mathematics to be used by the State of Maine.
  • Interim Assessment- Optional, on demand assessments that teachers may administer to any or all children at any time.  There are two types of interim assessments:
    • Comprehensive- tests all the same content as the summative assessment.
    • Content Cluster Measures- test of subset of competencies that may be chosen by the teacher.
  • Formative Tools- this is the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.  These are tasks and formative assessments aligned to the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessment that may be downloaded and used in instruction.

More information can be found here. Smarter-Balanced-Core-Components

Smarter Balanced Teacher Fact Sheet SmarterBalanced_TeacherFactsheet

FAQ Smarter-Balanced-Sample-Items-FAQ

Interim Assessment Purpose Interim-Assessment-Statement-Purpose-FINALmerged

Important Dates

Test Window March 9- May 29

Digital Library (Formative Tools) available to all k-12 teachers in Mid-October.  I will let you know when it goes live.

Interim Assessments available Mid-December.  I will let you know when they go live.

Practice Tests

In the meantime, teachers and students may use the following site to take the practice test.


About shawncarlson

Assistant Superintendent
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4 Responses to Smarter Balanced Updates

  1. Marcie says:

    Hi Shawn,

    Am I understanding this right?
    From FAQs #2…”While these items and tasks may be included in the non-secure
    interim assessment item bank, they will not be part of the secure summative assessment item bank…”

    Does this mean that for 2014-2015, we will not have a performance task for the summative test we take between March and April?


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