The power of assessment lies in the reliability and validity of test scores.

Smarter Balanced tests are built to provide verifiable, accurate, and representative data that helps states, districts, and schools see learning trends from multiple vantage points.

Each score represents a student and each data set represents a school, district, or state made up of dedicated teachers and diverse learners. Our goal is to provide educators and families with the information they need to make decisions about next steps in a student's learning journey. We provide tools for your state's analysts, test providers, and just about anyone interested in "looking under the hood" to better understand how the test works to deliver valuable information about student learning.

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Explore Our Technical Research

  • Validity Evidence: Dig into the details! Each year's technical report describes validity, precision, fairness, score scales, norms and more.
  • Scoring & Achievement Levels: Learn more about scores, as well as how achievement levels were determined and how they are used by educators and families.
  • Embedded Field Test Information: Review how validation is implicit throughout the assessment process, which includes developing, field testing, and analyzing items; test scaling and linking; scoring; and reporting.

Now Available! Smarter Balanced 2018-19 Summative Technical Report

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Newly updated web format makes finding information easier.
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Updates on Research Efforts

Psychometricians and data analysts unite! We are always looking for new ways to produce and analyse data to produce meaningful knowledge.

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Need a Research Partner?

Interested in partnering with Smarter Balanced's Systems Design team to conduct research?