SBA Interim Assessments

The Smarter Balanced interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.


The interim assessments are one of the three major components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System—along with the end-of-year summative assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and a Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices that supports classroom instruction.

Teachers can use the interim assessments throughout the year to gauge student progress toward mastery of the skills measured by the summative assessment and to assess targeted concepts at strategic points during the school year.

Key Features

  • Grades 3-8 and high school are supported. At the high school level, the assessments are consistent with the grade 11 summative design and may be administered in grades 9, 10, 11, and/or 12.
  • There are two options for the interim assessments:
    • Interim Comprehensive Assessments use the same blueprint as the summative assessments, assess the same range of standards, and provide scores on the same scale.
    • Interim Assessment Blocks focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. There are between five and seventeen blocks per subject per grade.
  • Test questions are not secure, and there are no restrictions on the number of times that teachers or students may access assessments.
  • Items were developed under the same conditions, protocols, and review procedures as those used in the summative assessments.
  • Most questions can be scored by the Smarter Balanced Test Delivery Engine. Constructed-response items and performance tasks will be scored by teachers locally.

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