Smarter Balanced


Smarter Balanced Parent Information & Resources

  • View letter from Dr. Charles dated March, 2017

  • 2015 Smarter Balanced District Results This is an editable PowerPoint prepared as a courtesy by the CSDE to provide basic information.

  • View letter from Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Interim Commissioner, dated March 4, 2015, concerning Administration of Annual Assessments
  • Click here to access the CSDE Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal for test administration resources for Test Administrators, and families.
  • Click here for Smarter Balanced Practice & Training Sites. Note: You do NOT need to enter your name, just hit the sign in button and the test will appear as a guest sign in. Just pick the grade level. If you have trouble with your browser, see below.

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Tech Skills

Click here to take the Practice Smarter Balanced Test, then click SIGN IN and navigate through login screens. Please note that the Practice Test allows students to familiarize themselves with the content of the test, while the Training Test allows students to practice navigating and using the technology found in the test.

There are several technology skills necessary to be successful on the Smarter Balanced (CCSS) testing for students. To understand the fundamental technology operational skills needed to complete the Smarter Balanced, please review:

Smarter Balanced: Tech Skills Checklist (click on this link to view checklist)

The Technology Department has designed several lessons focused on fostering these fundamental technology operational skills needed to be successful on the SBAC testing. We have divided these skills into for general topics::

  • Keyboarding
  • Mouse Skills
  • Navigation
  • Drag & Drop

Lesson Suggestions

Below you will find directions for implementing lessons to support students as they practice and demonstrate technology skills needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Each CCSS Tech Skills lesson should be 20 minutes in length (K-2) and 30 minutes in length for (3-6) for an additional 10 minutes for keyboarding practice Use the Lesson Suggestions links to manage each lesson and focus on ONE tech skill per lesson (beginning in 3rd grade, teachers can focus on one skill plus typing)
Each lesson includes:
  • Modeling tech skill to large group
  • Reviewing guiding questions for each lesson
  • Independent practice for each skill*
  • Checking for understanding
    * Whenever possible lesson activities are aligned with ELA and/or Math CCSS