Getting Acquainted with SBAC

But I was told we were with PARCC?

There are two consortiums that are working to develop the assessment for the Common Core. California was with PARCC, but has joined the SBAC consortium. To learn more about PARCC, click here.


What is SBAC?

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing 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. READ MORE

To download Fact Sheets about SBAC, click here.

To download the SBAC test blueprints, click here.

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Fact vs. Fiction
Talking points which provide information to correct common misperceptions about Smarter Balanced assessments.

Is it true the assessments are on the computer?

Computer Adaptive Testing Webinar

Technology Readiness Tool


What does CDE have to say about SBAC?

To learn how CDE is working with SBAC, click here.

To review FAQ specific to California and SBAC, click here.

To view CDE presentations about SBAC, click here.



I was told that I could view sample items and even take a practice test


To take a practice SBAC assessment and view assessment resources, click here.

Sample Items and Performance Tasks

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.

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