Sonoma County Office of Education

Data & Assessment

CAASPP/Smarter Balanced

Districts and schools in California have switched to a new statewide assessment system. The assessments focus on California Standards and are administered through a computerized testing system developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Smarter Balanced Assessment Reporting

Image of a data dashboard Over 3 million California students took Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) end of year tests this spring. The SBAC measures California Standards achievement for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in English and mathematics. The annual state tests are one measure districts, parents, and communities can use to check school achievement. This blog post offers information on 2017 SBAC reports including report elements, types of reports, and timelines for release of information. Read more about 2017 SBAC reporting...


2017 SBAC Final Results: Connecting Assessment to Instruction

Slide Deck from 8-30-17 Presentation
Guiding Questions for Analyzing SBAC Results
Folder with 2017 Spreadsheets for Visualizing Data
Folder with 2016 Spreadsheets for Visualizing Data

District Plan for 2017-18 Summative Assessment

This sample district plan outlines preparation activities for the 2017-18 SBAC Summative Assessment. Tasks for administrators, technology staff, teachers, and students are specified. The sample plan is available as a Word or PDF file.

Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Scale Score Ranges

Scale score ranges for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, by Content Area, Grade Level, and Achievement Level can be found here.

Help with 11th Grade Early Assessment Program Advisement

Part of the 11th grade ELA & mathematics SBAC results, the EAP is intended to provide students with opportunities to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.

Smarter Balanced Test Blueprints

The test blueprints describe the content of the ELA and mathematics Summative Assessments in grades 3‒8 and grade 11, and how that content will be assessed to reflect the depth and breadth of the performance expectations for the California Content Standards. These test blueprints provide information about the number of items, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target. Here are links to:
ELA Smarter Balanced Blueprints
Mathematics Smarter Balanced Blueprints

2017 SBAC Results Page for ELA/Literacy & Mathematics

The California Department of Education results page with searchable information for counties, districts, schools and the state as a whole can be found here.

Materials from Past Professional Development Activities

Planning Smarter Balanced Assessment Supports for English Learners
Understanding California’s New State Assessment – for School Trustees (pdf)
Reimagining Grading and Assessment Under CCSS and SBAC

Recent SCOE Blog Posts on SBAC

Formative Assessment: Key Strategy for CCSS Success
Understanding Performance Tasks
Student Impressions of SBAC Pilot Testing
Formative Assessment
New View of Student Learning Potential

FAQs and Key Resources

SBAC’s Summary of Core Components (pdf)
STAR-SBAC Comparison by Santa Barbara COE (pdf)