Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will receive full-length summative tests for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics, with approximately seven to eight hours of total testing time for each student. Every device used for testing must have the secure browser external icon installed. Stable, high-speed Internet is required.

Visit the California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Web page for additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.


2016–17 Smarter Balanced Online Summative Test Administration Manuals

Online Test Administration Manual for CAASPP Testing—Select this link to expand or collapse the list of downloadable options. (Updated 03/22/17.)

2016–17 Smarter Balanced Paper-Pencil Test Administration Manuals


Directions for Administration (DFAs):

Requests for Smarter Balanced paper-pencil tests should be submitted by September 30, 2016, for review and approval by the CDE.

2016–17 Other Resources

Estimated Testing Times for Smarter Balanced Assessments

This table contains rough estimates of the time most students will take to complete the Smarter Balanced online assessments. This information is for scheduling purposes only, as the assessments are not timed.

Content Area Grades Computer Adaptive Test items
Performance Task (PT)

English Language Arts/Literacy

3–5 1:30 2:00 3:30
6–8 1:30 2:00 3:30
11 2:00 2:00 4:00


3–5 1:30 1:00 2:30
6–8 2:00 1:00 3:00
11 2:00 1:30 3:30


3–5 3:00 3:00 6:00
6–8 3:30 3:00 6:30
11 4:00 3:30 7:30