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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 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 and designed to help educators implement the formative assessment process.
  • An Online Reporting System that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports will show student achievement and progress toward college and career readiness.

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

State Assessment

Content Areas


Testing Window

Connecticut Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

English Language Arts/ Literacy & Mathematics

3 – 8

March 26-May 25, 2018

Communication and Test Administration Resources

Smarter Balanced Results Resources

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

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests provide 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 Common Core.

Special Population Resources