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Resource Description
Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) articulate the knowledge, skills, and processes expected of students at different levels of performance on the Smarter Balanced assessments. Smarter Balanced is developing an integrated suite of ALDs aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment claims in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The ALDs were developed by K-12 teachers and administrators and higher education faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities representing Smarter Balanced Governing States. The ALDs are linked to an operational definition of college content-readiness, as well as a policy framework to guide score interpretation for high schools and colleges.

The Smarter Balanced blueprints describe the content of the ELA and math summative assessments and interim assessments, and how that content will be assessed. The blueprints include critical information about the number of questions, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target.

Interim Blueprints
Interim Assessment Overview

Focused Interim Assessment Block (IAB) Blueprints

Mathematics Focused IAB Blueprint

ELA/Literacy Focused IAB Blueprint

Interim Assessment Block (IAB) Blueprints

Mathematics IAB Blueprint

ELA/Literacy IAB Blueprint

Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA) Blueprints

Mathematics ICA Blueprint

ELA/Literacy ICA Blueprint

Summative Blueprints

Mathematics Summative Assessment Blueprint

ELA/Literacy Summative Assessment Blueprint

Classroom resource documents are embedded below and support testing sites when administering state assessments.

Test Location Supports
Do Not Disturb Sign
English, Spanish
Pencil Reminder
Color, B & W

Additional Resources
Calculator and Electronic Device Policy (Updated 11/30/18)
Headset Document ELPA21
Headset Document
Keyboarding Shortcuts
Multiplication Table (Accommodation only)
Periodic Table 
Proctoring Practice and Training Tests
Scratch Paper Log
100’s Number Table (Accommodation only) 

Smarter Balanced Glossaries
Individual Student
Gr3, Gr4, Gr5, Gr6, Gr7, Gr8, High School
Gr3, Gr4, Gr5, Gr6, Gr7, Gr8, High School
Spanish Math

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

English Glossaries
Individual Student
Gr5, Gr8, Gr11
Large Print
Gr5, Gr8, Gr11

Spanish Glossaries
Individual Student
Gr5, Gr8, Gr11
Large Print
Gr5, Gr8, Gr11

The following resources were provided by Smarter Balanced to assist Teachers and TAs by providing information on item development, item types, test booklet examples, and a fact sheet that includes resources that help check in on student progress throughout the year.

Test Administrator Supports
Formulas and Conversion Guidelines
Item Specifications
Item Type Quick Sheet
Teacher Fact Sheet

Accommodated Supports
Test Booklet Sample - ELA
Test Booklet Sample - Mathematics

The following resources familiarize users with the practice, Training, and Interim assessments as well as the scoring processes.  

Interim Assessment Supports
Interim Test Administration Manual and TA Script of Student Directions
Scoring Specifications: Hand-scoring for Smarter Balanced
Math Training Guide and Exemplar Overview
Overview to Scoring ELA Interims (Updated: 2/3/17)