The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.​


Information concerning the administration and timing of the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math Assessments.

Links to practice tests, scoring guides and extra resources.

The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

This tool from the Santa Ana Unified School District allows students and teachers to interact with digital content in both math and language arts, presents answers to assessment questions and offers opportunities for students to learn from mistakes.

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Get the latest information from the CDE on this new generation of assessments.

Find resources directly from the Smarter Balanced website for assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments.