Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will receive adjusted blueprint summative tests for both English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, with approximately five to six 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 external icon web page for additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.

Smarter Balanced Testing Materials

Smarter Balanced Online Summative Test Administration Manuals

Smarter Balanced Paper–Pencil Test Administration Directions for Administration (DFAs)

Requests for Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics paper–pencil tests are reviewed and approved by the CDE.

Test Administrator Tutorial for General Assessments

This Test Administrator Tutorial is designed to prepare test administrators to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics, the California Science Test (CAST), and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Participants will be able to log on to Moodle and use an assigned enrollment key to access the tutorial. To receive the test administrator's online Certificate of Completion, participants must view the required sections and related videos and answer Checks for Understanding questions correctly.

Testing Notification Templates

Parent/Guardian notification templates are available on the Parent/Guardian Notification web page to notify parents and guardians of the year's statewide assessments.

Accessibility Resources

Test administrators may make the determination that a student will benefit from an embedded or non-embedded designated support before test administration. Students should be assigned accessibility resources in TOMS external icon prior to testing. More information about accessibility resources can be found on the CAASPP Accessibility Resources web page.

Estimated Testing Times for Smarter Balanced Assessments

Refer to table 1 in the Testing Time and Recommended Order of Administration external icon subtopic for rough estimates of the time most students will take to complete the Smarter Balanced online assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This information is for scheduling purposes only, as the assessments are not timed.


Once a student completes a Smarter Balanced summative test, scores will be available in the California Educator Reporting System (CERS). Student Score Reports (SSRs) will be produced and available for download in TOMS external icon and made available to parents and guardians through parent or student portals. LEAs will be able to access results in CERS external icon and SSRs in TOMS external icon in June 2022 after the CDE verifies and approves the data.

Students will receive an SSR in English and one in the student's primary language if that language is Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Filipino, or Cantonese (traditional Chinese). To view a sample SSR in each language, visit the CAASPP Sample Student Score Reports (SSRs) web page. If a student needs an SSR in one of the provided languages and that language is not the student's primary language, LEAs should change the language of the SSR in TOMS external icon prior to student testing.

Test Security

LEA CAASPP coordinators and site CAASPP coordinators can:

Last Reviewed: January 4, 2022