Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a bipartisan, state-led group developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. The consortium’s executive director, Joe Wilhoft, wrote an article for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in February 2014 entitled, “SmarterBalanced assessments: A big moment for our schools.” In the article, he summarizes the history of, and transition to, these new tests.

    Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test

    In spring 2014, over 200 schools in Nevada will participate in the Smarter Balanced Field Test. This field test is a major milestone in Nevada's transition to its new assessment system in grades 3-8.  This web page provides access to the latest information and helpful resources about the field test.

    2014 Field Test Websites

    • Smarter Balanced Field Test Portal: schools and districts should use this site to access resources to help prepare for and administer the Smarter Balanced Field Tests.  The portal also includes practice and training tests.

    Communication Tool Kit 

         General information on the Field Test

         Resources for communicating with parents about the Field Test

    Manuals and User Guides for Districts and Schools

    • Online Field Test Administration Manual (TAM):This manual provides information for District/School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators regarding policies and procedures for the Smarter Balanced Field Test, as well as screenshots and step-by-step instructions on how to administer the online Field Tests.
    • Test Administrator User Guide :This resource supports individuals using the Test Delivery System applications to manage testing for students participating in the Field Test. This user guide provides information about the Test Delivery System, including the Test Administrator and student applications.
    • Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines and FAQs about the Guidelines: These are intended for school-level personnel and decision-making teams, particularly Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, as they prepare for and implement the Smarter Balanced assessment. The Guidelines provide information for classroom teachers, English development educators, special education teachers, and related services personnel to use in selecting and administering universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for those students who need them. The Guidelines are also intended for assessment staff and administrators who oversee the decisions that are made in instruction and assessment.

    For More information on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), please visit their website: