Sonoma County Office of Education

Data & Assessment

Smarter Balanced Assessment

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).

Guiding 2016-17 CAASPP Activities

Balance SheetAs schools advance work in the 2016-17 school year, it’s wise to plan specific actions focused on California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) tasks. Along with delivering the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests for grades 3-8 and 11, schools will also be piloting the new California Science Test.  The California Science Test pilot will be administered to all students in grades 5 and 8 along with one assigned grade at the high school level. This blog post shares steps which can support readiness and positive student outcomes here...

Upcoming Professional Development

Title Date Time
2017 CAASPP Institute- Santa Rosa 2/2-3/2017 8:30am- 3:00pm

CAASPP Pre-Test Administration Workshop- Jan 18, 2017
CAASPP Summative Pre-Test Slides
California Alternative Assessment Slides

High School Grade Assignments for 2016-17 CAST
This page has grade assignments for each high school in California specific to the California Science Test Pilot (CAST). All students in the specified grade will need to take the science pilot test.

2016 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.

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. More information is offered here.

2016 SBAC Final Results: Connecting Assessment to Instruction
Slide Deck from 8-25-16 Presentation
Guiding Questions for Analyzing SBAC Results
Folder with 2016 SBAC Analysis Protocols
Folder with Spreadsheets for Visualizing 2016 Data
Folder with Sample Slide Decks for Stakeholder Grps

District Work Plan for 2016-17 SBAC Summative Assessment Activities
This sample district plan outlines preparation activities for the 2016-17 SBAC Summative Assessment. Tasks for administrators, technology staff, teachers, and students are specified. The sample plan is available as a Word or PDF file.

2016 Summative Data Extraction & Analysis Services Available
SCOE is able to support districts in their work analyzing 2016 CAASPP results. Final information involving SBAC ELA and mathematics tests (grades 3-8 and 11), CST/CMA Science (grades 5, 8, 10), and California Alternative Assessments (CAA) are now available. Districts and schools are encouraged to analyze results specific to subgroups, grade levels, and how data integrates with local measures. Contact to obtain support with your district final results file.

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

Raising the Bar- National PTA Video
The National PTA has created a video, Raising the Bar: Implications on Test Scores with Common Core, that has helpful information for communicating with parents about the SBAC achievement levels.

Recent SCOE Blog Posts on SBAC
2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment Reporting
2016 SBAC Summative Test Administrator Supports
Help with Early Assessment Program Advisement
Helping Parents & Communities Understand California’s New Assessments
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)
SBAC Parent & Student Information