Smarter Balanced Digital Library


Lisa Ford


The Smarter Balanced Assessment System has three components: summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and formative assessment processes, supported by professional learning and instructional resources located in the Digital Library. The Digital Library offers a searchable, interactive online collection of high-quality professional learning resources and instructional materials - like lesson plans, units, and learning modules - for educators to use daily with students and staff. Resources span K-12 and are aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards for English language arts and mathematics. Resources are also aligned to formative assessment practices. 

The Digital Library is paid for by Nevada's subscription to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, so access to the Digital Library is completely free for every school district and their employees. Nevada joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in 2010 and worked with other states to build this balanced and comprehensive assessment system.

    The Formative Assessment Process

    Formative Assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback that is used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students' attainment of curricular learning targets/goals. The formative assessment process is key to a balanced assessment system.  The Smarter Balanced Digital Library supports educators with four attributes of formative assessment: Clarify Intended Learning, Elicit Evidence, Interpret Evidence, and Act on Evidence.  It provides subject- and grade-specific resources that help educators apply the formative assessment process during daily instruction.

      Who can access the Digital Library?

      The Smarter Balanced Digital Library is intended for use by all K-12 Nevada educators. Individuals with access to the Digital Library have the ability to download and share the resources with others; however students and parents do not have direct access to the library.

        How do Nevada educators access the Digital Library?

        Educators should contact their District Test Coordinator for access information. Once educators have been provided a username and password, they will be able to access the Digital Library. District Test Coordinators may e-mail for technical support.

          How do I use the Digital Library?

          Once educators are registered to access the Digital Library, they have the ability to view and download hundreds of resources at all grade levels for immediate and future use. The following presentations are helpful in learning how to navigate the Digital Library:


            For More Information

            • Formative Assessment Process Overview
            • Digital Library Factsheet  
            • Visit the of the Smarter Balanced Web site. Videos providing "Live Tours" of how to log into the Digital Library, browse for resources, and utilize the Digital Library for collaboration purposes are available on this page.