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
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
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.
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.
questions can be scored by the Smarter Balanced Test Delivery Engine.
Constructed-response items and performance tasks will be scored by
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