NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Find Information about Smarter Balanced



The Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college and careers. The Connecticut Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to Connecticut Core Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. A balanced assessment system which includes summative assessments, optional interim assessments, and formative assessment practices provides tools to improve teaching and learning. The assessment system includes: 

  • A summative assessment of students in Grades 3 through 8 consists of various parts: a computer adaptive test (in ELA and mathematics) and performance task (in mathematics). This assessment can be used to describe student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems.
  • Optional fixed form interim assessments that may be administered at locally determined intervals.  The interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable results that will inform instruction in order to help students meet the challenges of college- and career-ready standards.
  • A Digital Library of instructional and professional learning resources aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards that is designed to help educators implement the formative assessment process.
  • An Online Reporting System that provides assessment results to teachers and administrators. The reports show student achievement and progress toward college and career readiness.

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessments, visit the Smarter Balanced Website.

Important Smarter Balanced Resources
Information/Resources to Help Increase Understanding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System - This very useful document lists the many tools and resources available for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  

Smarter Balanced Results Resources

The CSDE Comprehensive Assessment Portal provides access to test administration resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. 

2020 Administration Resources

The Smarter Balanced Practice Testsprovide an opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced assesses students’ mastery of the Connecticut Standards.

Sample Parent/Guardian Letter (Spanish Version) - This sample letter can be used to communicate with parents/guardians prior to testing. 

Smarter Balanced Content Explorer

The Smarter Balanced Content Explorer can be used to support instruction, interpret student results, and plan activities aligned to grade-level claims and targets; learn how Smarter Balanced assesses academic standards; explore the range of knowledge and skills for college and career readiness; and learn about test development with resources like blueprints and scoring rubrics. 

Smarter Balanced Test Blueprints

Lexile® and Quantile® Measures in Connecticut

Special Population Resources