Interim Assessment Administration Resources

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are currently available to be administered remotely, using either the secure browser external icon or the web-based Student Testing Interface external icon, in a Chrome or Firefox web browser. Safari and Edge are not currently supported for remote administration. The interim assessments can also be administered in person using the secure browser. For more information on administration options, visit the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments—Test Administration Options web page.

Detailed instructions for teachers on how to administer interim assessments remotely are available on the Administering Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments Remotely web page.

The Smarter Balanced Remote Teaching and Learning external icon web page 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 Tools for Teachers and the 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.
  • Completion Status
  • Select this button to access the system that will allow you to see the completion status for students taking the interim assessments.
  • Reporting System
  • 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


Training Videos


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.
2020–21 Interim Assessments At-a-Glance external icon This document lists all IABs available by grade level ELA and mathematics.
2020–21 Interim Assessments by Grade external icon 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.
2020–21 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.

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 10, 2020