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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Resources

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is developing a system of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system includes summative assessments, which will become Nevada's accountability measure, replacing the Nevada Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT) in 2014-2015 and the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (NHSPE) in 2015-2016. If you are interested in learning more about the new assessments, the links below will guide you to resources provided by SBAC.

SBAC Homepage


Smarter Balanced Introductory Video

Smarter Balanced Video - This video outlines the Nevada adoption of the Smarter Balanced assessment system. Viewers will learn about the assessment system, the types of items on the assessment, and the sample items that have been released by Smarter Balanced in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.


Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests - On May 29, 2013 Smarter Balanced released a series of practice tests. The practice tests provide the public with the opportunity to preview the types of questions that will appear on the summative assessment in the 2014-2015 school year. The practice tests do not include all of the features that will be available on the final version of the summative assessment. The practice tests are not computer adaptive, nor do they provide reports or scores. In the fall of 2013, additional features will be made available for the practice tests.


Achievement Level Descriptors

Math Achievement Level Descriptors - This document describes the achievement level descriptors developed for mathematics. It explains the knowledge, skills, and processes that students display at predetermined levels of achievement.

English Language Arts/Literacy Achievement Level Descriptors - This document describes the achievement level descriptors developed for English language arts/literacy. It explains the knowledge, skills, and processes that students display at predetermined levels of achievement.

Glossary - This document defines terms used in the Achievement Level Descriptors.


Preliminary Test Blueprints

Preliminary Test Blueprints - This document provides information on how the blueprints will be used and their importance to the summative assessment and to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.


Accessibility and Accommodations

ELL and Students with Disabilities - This document describes SBAC's plan for providing testing accommodations for students and the research behind their decision.

Translation Accommodations for Math - This document describes the four identified translation accommodations for English language learners when taking SBAC math assessments.


Sample Items and Performance Tasks

Sample Items and Performance Tasks Home Page - This page provides sample items and performance task at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to illustrate the rigor and complexity of the items students will see on the SBAC assessments.