Interim Assessment Administration Resources

Available through June 30, 2020, the California Department of Education will allow teachers to administer interim tests to students remotely without the use of a secure browser. Students can access interim assessment items using the mobile launchpad external icon with a Chrome or Firefox browser on their personal computers. If using an iPad device, students must use the AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser external icon mobile app from the App Store instead of using the Chrome or Firefox mobile browser apps.

The following documents will assist teachers and students in using the interim assessments for distance learning:

The Smarter Balanced Remote Teaching and Learning Website external icon contains additional information regarding interim assessments and other distance learning resources.


These resources support the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

  • Test Operations Management System (TOMS)
  • Select this button to assign user roles for the Digital Library and California Educator Reporting System, and to view student test settings, including accommodations, before interim testing begins.

    Note: To create/manage student groups, go to the California Educator Reporting System.
  • Reporting System
    Sandbox
  • Select this button to access the sandbox training tool. Username and password are not required, but users are prompted to select a role before entering the sandbox.

User Guides

Interim Assessment User Guide—Select this link to expand or collapse the list of downloadable options. (Posted 01/27/20)

Instructions

Training Videos

Flyers

Additional Resources

Link Description
Smarter Balanced Training Tests, Practice Tests, and Interim Assessments At-a-Glance external icon This document provides a side-by-side comparison of training tests, practice tests, and interim assessments to help teachers decide which tool best fits their needs.
2019–20 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments At-a-Glance This document lists all IABs available by grade level ELA and mathematics.
2019–20 Interim Assessments by Grade This document is intended to assist LEA staff in planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) and the Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs). The table provides key information, including the claims, targets, the total number of items, and the number of items that require local hand scoring by grade level.
2019‒20 Interim Assessment Overview external icon This document provides a description of the interim assessments that include the types, features, and usage. For both English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, and by each grade, it provides an at-a-glance summary of the interim assessments that includes the focused Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs).
California Educator Reporting System Sandbox external icon The reporting system sandbox is a training tool intended to help local educational agency (LEA) staff learn about the features and functions of the California Educator Reporting System in a non-secure environment. It offers users virtually the same functions as the reporting system, but uses practice test items and fictitious student data.

Note: The best browsers to use for the Sandbox are Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. The Sandbox is not fully compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer and some screens will not display properly.
California Department of Education (CDE) Interim Assessments web page external icon Additional resources for the interim assessments are available on the CDE website.