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.

Smarter Balanced Score Reports
Smarter Balanced Score Report Guide
ELA/Literacy Achievement Level Descriptors
ELA/Literacy Claims
Mathematics Achievement Level
Mathematics Claims

IT Systems Architecture Press Release IT Systems Architecture Reports and Resource
New Hardware Purchasing Guidelines New Hardware Purchasing Guidelines FAQ
Parent's Guide to the Common Core State Standards
Parent Letter – gr. 3-8 Parent Letter – gr. 11
SBAC 2015-16
South Dakota Smarter Balanced test portal

SBAC Accommodation Information
Accommodations – one page overview ISAAP Tool
SBAC Accommodations Workshop Q & A SBAC Multiplication Table
SBAC Scribing Protocol SBAC Resources and Practices Comparison-Crosswalk
SBAC Read Aloud Guidelines SBAC Accom Worksheet – Student Plan
State Assessment Accommodations Worksheet Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
Student Accessibility Plan Information

Recent presentations
Caculators Grades 3-5 Caculators Grades 3-5
Formulas Grades 6-8 Smarter Overview
Getting Started Accommodations
Defining Roles
Administration Details for 2014-15
ELA Timing Chart
Math Timing Chart
Useful Links
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium


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