Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Smarter Balanced has three components that all public schools in Washington can access: A Tools for Teachers site with instructional and professional learning resources, interim assessments for use throughout the year, and an end-of-year summative assessment.
Educators need to work with their school and/or district staff to access interim assessments and resources and to administer summative assessments. DACs may email Assessment Analysts for technical help with assigning educator roles for interim and summative assessments.
1. Tools for Teachers contains classroom activities, lessons, and professional development resources to help enhance instruction and support learning by helping educators implement the formative assessment process in their classrooms. Tools for Teachers also contains Connections Playlists that provide instructional next steps based on interim assessment results.
Access to Tools for Teachers is free for every public school district and ESD employee. Users such as faculty at institutions of higher education requiring access to the Tools for Teachers site can contact OSPI via the Tools for Teachers email.
Once the Tools for Teachers site is active, access will be available through the WCAP Portal. If assistance is needed, contact your District Assessment Coordinator (DAC). DACs may email Assessment Analysts for technical help with educator access.
2. Interim assessments allow teachers to check student learning throughout the year, giving them information they can use to improve their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards. Interim assessments can serve a variety of educator needs. These computer-based tests provide meaningful feedback that teachers can use to help inform instruction and promote student success. The interim assessments are student and teacher facing; they are not for public use, display, or distribution.
Support for using the grades 9 and 10 Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) is provided in the High School ICA Overview document.
3. Summative assessments are one measure of students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. These assessments are given at the end of the school year and consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task.
Visit the WCAP Portal for more information on Smarter Balanced assessments.
The following documents provide specific information about 10th grade testing.
- Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics Testing and Content
- Grade 10 Mathematics Learning Standards
- Grade 10 Mathematics Testing: Further Focus