• Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

    Interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet college- and career-ready standards.

    Interim Assessment Overview

    Interim Assessments at Smarter Balanced

    • Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) mimic the administration of the end-of-year summative Smarter assessments in ELA/Literacy and Math.  They include the same item types and test format, including performance tasks.  Their use allows schools to predict how far along students are in achieving the level needed for the summative.

    • Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) are shorter in length than the Interim Comprehensive Assessments.  They include the same item types and test format, including performance tasks, as the Interim Comprehensive Assessments and end-of-year summative Smarter assessments in ELA/Literacy and Math.  They focus on smaller sets of targets and are more flexible to support instruction.

    Both the ICAs and the IABs are administered online. Districts and schools have the flexibility to re-administer interim assessments any number of times. These decisions should be made in part of larger assessment context that includes the purpose of the interim assessment, how the interim assessment will be scored and how the data from the interim assessment will be used to improve teaching and learning.  Interim assessment reports can be generated from the Smarter Balanced reporting system.

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    Additional Resources

    For more information on connecting assessments to instruction, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.

    For technical inquiries regarding the Smarter assessment system, contact the Office of Assessment at 302-857-3391.