Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC)

Smarter Balanced Assessments

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The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment System was developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.



SBAC Summative Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics are given to students in grades 3-8, and grade 11. For eleventh grade students, the SBAC Summative Assessments are college-readiness tests. Through the Early Assessment Program (EAP), the final performance on SBAC ELA and math assessments for eleventh graders may exempt students from taking the placement exams and enroll directly in college-level, credit bearing courses in qualifying subject areas at California State Universities and some community colleges. Click here for EAP information for Juniors, and click here for EAP information for Seniors.


SBAC Interim Assessments

Interim assessments are provided by SBAC for further development of the formative assessment process, and using assessments FOR learning in the classroom. CVUHSD embeds many formative assessments into course curriculum; SBAC Interim Assessments are embedded into all English and math courses for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Results from Interim assessments are used to adjust instruction and curriculum, as well as to provide individualized feedback for students on their learning.


Preparing for the tests

SBAC provides publicly available practice and training tests for all grade-levels, subject areas, and test-types. Students and parents are encouraged to utilize the SBAC Practice & Training Tests to become familiar with the student testing interface and experience the types and levels of questions the student will face on the summative assessments. Following are links to SBAC Practice Websites:


Accessibility & Accommodations

Smarter Balanced Assessments, by design, will accommodate the needs of most students through the adaptive nature of the test, and the Universal Tools, which are available for all students. For students whose needs are not met in the standard testing environment, there are two additional tiers of support: Designated Supports (available to any student for whom a need has been identified by an educator or team of educators), and Accommodations (available to any student with an IEP or 504 Plan which calls for the student to receive specific accommodations for SBAC testing. View these additional resources for more information:


Score Reporting

In the Fall, families will receive an official score report for SBAC Summative Assessments taken the prior Spring. Students who completed testing will receive an overall score and performance level for each subject area (English and math): Standard Exceeded, Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met, or Standard Not Met. For eleventh grade students, this overall result translates into a college-readiness indicator (as described by the CSU EAP program)

  • View State, County, District, and School SBAC results HERE
  • Find Parent Guides to CAASPP Score Reports HERE

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Parents/Guardians have the option of excusing your student from any part CAASPP testing. If you would like to excuse your student from any tests, you must submit your request in writing to the school district. [Education Code 60615.]  We will grant your request.  Please submit your request to your student's principal as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements for your student.