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 (ELA) 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.

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.

Other Resources

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.

Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 4, 2021