Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress—About the Smarter Balanced Online Summative Assessments

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Which grade levels participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments?
Students in grades 3–8 and 11 participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
What are the components of the Smarter Balanced assessments?
The Smarter Balanced assessments comprise two components: the computer adaptive test and the performance tasks.
What is the difference between a test segment and a test session?
A test segment is an allocated preset group of items. A test session is a unit of time scheduled for a group of students to be in a room for testing. One test Session ID corresponds to each test session.
What are the performance tasks (PTs)?
The Smarter Balanced assessments comprise two components: a performance task (PT) and computer adaptive testing items. A PT is a portion of the Smarter Balanced assessment that requires students to answer a set of questions that are centered on a common theme or problem.