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CAASPP Teacher Guide: Smarter Balanced Assessments


Framework for 21st Century Learning

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Multi-Tiered System of Supports




Teacher Resources

Digital Library Training Videos

The CDE is pleased to announce a new training video for Digital Library users titled, “Exploring the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.” This 29-minute video is presented in three segments:

  • Segment 1 describes the four attributes of the formative assessment process (9:13).
  • Segment 2 provides instructions for logging into and navigating the Digital Library (15.51).
  • Segment 3 demonstrates the cross-state collaboration features of the Digital Library (4:07).Digital Library


State Adopted ELA/Literacy Resources

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Depth of Knowledge

Teacher Tool Box

California Department of Education Resources

ELA/ELD Standards

ELA/ELD Framework

CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects  K-12

English Language Arts Standards Appendix A

English Language Arts Standards Appendix B

English Language Arts Standards Appendix C


CCSS for Math

Mathematics Standards Appendix A

Math Framework


SBAC Item/Task Specifications


ELA and Math Claim Descriptors


ELA SBAC Claims, Target, and Standard Alignment 

Math SBAC Claims, Target, and Standard Alignment


ELA/Literacy Summative Assessment Blueprint

Mathematics Summative Assessment Blueprint


Smarter Balanced Performance Task Scoring Rubrics

Conventions Scoring Chart


Unpacking ELA Common Core for Teachers' of ELs

Students of Today Achieving Results

Sacramento COE  launched a new free, online  resource. You can create student CELDT profiles and find ideas for “what students can do” and “what teachers can do”  with information using the ELD standards.  www.scoecurriculum.net/help/index.lasso 


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Illuminate: How to Create an Item Bank Assessment.pdf


Smarter Balanced Example Test Questions

This site provides examples of test questions used on Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts/literacy and math.  These samples are not intended to be used as practice tests, but educators can use them to better understand how Smarter Balanced measures college- and career-ready content.