As part of the move to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the State of California is moving to a new statewide assessment system. The new assessments are administered through a computerized testing system being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

This spring, several EGUSD schools will be field testing this new computerized testng system. Field testing is critical to ensure that assessment items are accessible to all students and produce results that are valid, reliable, and fair. The spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test will test the performance of over 20,000 newly developed test items and evaluate the test delivery system. Items deemed suitable for use on the live (i.e., operational) tests, which will begin in the 2014-2015 school year, will be used to populate the test item bank. Also, the field test will help ensure that the Smarter Balanced assessment items are placed on an accurate scale to determine final achievement levels as well as their corresponding descriptors.

The California Department of Education (CDE) recently produced two videos that provide information to middle school and high school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test. The videos introduce students to the Field Test and explain the significant contribution they will make in helping to create the operational tests for the 2014–2015 school year.

CDE – Grades 6-8 Smarter Balanced Field Test Video


CDE – High School Smarter Balanced Field Test Video