SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium

South Dakota is part of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC. The SBAC is a consortium of states that have been working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. South Dakota is one of 21 governing states, which allows the state decision-making participation. The remaining six are advisory states.

The SBAC focus is on assessing students annually in grades 3-8 and 11. The system includes both summative and interim assessments and will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.

2016-2017 Technical Report
Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
Digital Library

SBAC 2017-18
Smarter Balanced Cut Scores
Non- Participation Codes
South Dakota Smarter Balanced test portal
Estimated Testing Times


What’s the Point? - Connections between Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction

Assessment Design - What are the assessments measuring?
Mathematics ELA Literacy
Mathematics Blueprints ELA /Literacy Blueprint
Mathematics Claims ELA/Literacy Claims
SD Content Standard Crosswalk Blueprint
Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) - What skills are present at each proficiency level?
Mathematics ELA Literacy
Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors ELA/Literacy Achievement Level Descriptors
3rd Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 3rd Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
4th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 4th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
5th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 5th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
6th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 6th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
7th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 7th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
8th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 8th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
11th Grade Grade Level Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors 11th Grade Grade Level ELA Achievement Level Descriptors
Threshold Descriptors - What are the skills necessary to advance to the next proficiency level?
Mathematics ELA Literacy
3rd Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 3rd Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
4th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 4th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
5th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 5th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
6th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 6th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
7th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 7th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
8th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 8th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors
11th Grade Mathematics Threshold Descriptors 11th Grade ELA Threshold Descriptors


Useful Links
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium


Contact

For more information, please contact Jan Martin at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3246.