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SBAC Interim Assessments

These resources support the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Quick Start Guide for administering SBAC Interim Performance TaskTop of Page

  1. Start a test session using this guide: How to Start a Test Session
    • Be sure to select the IAB: Interim Assessment Block
    • Pick the ELA IAB Performance Task for the grade level of students being assessed
    • For more details watch the Module 3 video below
  2. Students must sign in thru an SBAC secure browser
    • Windows based computers will have an icon on the desktop
    • Image of California Secure Browser icon
    • Chromebooks will launch the AIRSecureTest from the Apps link on the lower left side of the screen before signing on to the device
    • Students must use their first name, State-wide Student ID (SSID) and session ID to sign in
    • Your front office staff will need to print SBAC Login Cards for your class(es) from Aeries
  3. Students may complete the SBAC IAB ELA Performance Task over more than one test session
    • Students should pause their test at the end of their test session
    • Once students move on to part 2 of the P.T. they will not be able to return to part 1
    • There are no pause rules for the P.T.
    • Students have 10 calendar days to complete the P.T. before it will expire
  4. Students hit end/submit test once they have finished part 2 of the P.T.
  5. After student has finished testing the test examiner will need to access the hand scoring system to score student responses.
    • Navigate to the CAASPP Portal, select the [Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments] button, and then select the [Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System] button.
    • Log in using your TOMS account
    • Select item responses to score
    • Score item responses
    • Mark as complete
    • More detailed procedures are outlined in the Interim Assessment Guide Chapter 4 or watch the Module 4 video below
  6. Accessing item level results
    • Item level results are housed in the Interim Assessment Reporting System
    • Navigate to the CAASPP Portal, select the [Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments] button, and then select the [Interim Assessment Reporting System] button.
    • On the landing page log in with your Smarter Balanced Digital Library account.
    • For instructions on how to use the Interim Assessment Reporting System, please watch the Module 5 video below or read the Smarter Balanced Reporting System User Guide.

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Video SeriesTop of Page

The interim assessment video series consists of five narrated presentation modules with embedded system demonstrations. Each module is 10 to 25 minutes in length. This video series complements the Interim Assessment User Guide  (PDF), which contains more detail for educators using the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Videos one through four in this series were updated in January 2018. Video five was updated in September 2017.

Module 1: Introducing the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

This 10-minute module provides information on the value and usefulness of the interim assessments, the differences between and features of both types of interim assessments, student accessibility supports, and available online resources. Also covered are user roles, their access level, and security considerations.

Module 2: Interim Assessment Viewing System

This 9-minute module demonstrates logging into and navigating the Interim Assessment Viewing System and describes how the viewing system can be used by educators to prepare for the administration of interim assessments.

Module 3: Interim Assessment Administration

This 23-minute module demonstrates using the Test Administrator Interface to initiate a test session, approve students for testing, and monitor student status during testing. In addition, the use of the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) to manage student enrollment and accessibility supports and the important role of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) are discussed.

Module 4: Interim Assessment Hand Scoring

This 21-minute module demonstrates how to use the Interim Assessment Hand Scoring System and the contents of the hand scoring training guides and exemplars. In addition, considerations for planning the hand scoring of interim assessment items and suggested uses for hand scoring training materials are discussed.

Module 5: Interim Assessment Reporting System

This 10-minute module demonstrates how to use the new Interim Assessment Reporting System and view detailed item-, student-, and group-level results.

Module 1: Introducing the Smarter Balanced Interim AssessmentsTop of Page

Module 3: Interim Assessment AdministrationTop of Page

Module 2: The Interim Assessment Viewing SystemTop of Page

Module 4: Interim Assessment Hand ScoringTop of Page

Module 5: Interim Assessment Reporting SystemTop of Page

  • Interim Assessment Viewing System Quick Reference Guide (PDF) (July 2017)
  • ICAs Table of Hand Scoring Items and Total Number of Questions Per Test
    •  This document is intended to assist in planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the interim comprehensive assessments (ICA). The table provides key information, including the total number of items appearing on each ICA. This total includes items that are both machine-scored and hand-scored. Also included on this table are the number of items that require local hand scoring on the non-performance task constructed response, the performance task constructed response, and the performance task essay.
  • IABs Table of Hand Scoring Requirements by Subject and Grade
    • These tables are intended to assist in planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB). Included in each table are the total number of items on each IAB. The total number of items shown includes both machine-scored and hand-scored items. Each table also provides the number of constructed response and essay items that require local hand scoring.
  • 2018–19 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments At-a-Glance (PDF)
    • This document lists all IABs available by grade level English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.