Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

Overview

 
The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments for mathematics and English language arts (ELA)/literacy are available to students in Grades 3–8 and high school.  The interim assessments are one of the three components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System—along with the end-of-year summative assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics, and a digital library of formative assessment tools and practices that support classroom instruction.
 
Purpose: The interim assessments provide teachers with an additional resource that measures students’ mastery of specific content and skills aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards.  While there is no better place to learn these skills than being part of a dynamic and interactive classroom setting, teachers can use the Interim Assessments throughout the year to inform instruction by measuring student progress, identifying areas of strength and weakness, and assessing the skills of incoming students.
 
Flexibility: Interim assessments are administered on a computer using the same test delivery system as the summative assessments.  The scope, sequence, number, and timing of the interim assessments are determined at the district level.  A teacher may administer an interim assessment that is above or below the student’s current grade level.  An above grade-level assessment might be used by a teacher to assess students who are receiving instruction with curriculum aligned to above grade-level standards.  A below grade-level assessment might be used by a teacher who wants to assess students who are struggling with grade-level content to identify areas of weakness in prior learning.
 
Two Types: The Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) are similar to the summative assessments in length, content, and format.  Each content area ICA has two parts, a grade-level ICA and an ICA Performance Task.  The Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) are shorter assessments that focus on smaller sets of related concepts.  The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Overview document provides the current IABs available.  (The ICA is not recommended for use except for very rare and specific situations.)
 
Scoring: Both the ICA and the IABs contain test items that are scored by the test delivery engine.  There are also short-text constructed-response and full-write items, both of which are hand-scored at the district level.  Training materials are available in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) and in AIRWAYS.   
 
Reporting:  The AIR Ways Reporting System produces detailed, item-level reports specifically designed to gauge student performance on the IABs.    
 
General Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Resources
Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Administration Materials
User Guides for Partner Systems to the Interim Assessment
Professional Development 
  • AIRWays and the Interim Assessment Blocks 2019 (PDF)

    This brief presentation reviews the purpose of the Interim Assessment Blocks, notes the features of hand scoring now available in AIRWays, and provides updates on other system improvements.

  • How to Access AIRWays Reporting for Districts:  This short presentation provides information on how to review data in the AIRWays Reporting System, navigating the various levels of data from overall district performance to individual student scores and responses.

  • How to Access AIRWays Reporting for Schools:  This short presentation provides information on how to review data in the AIRWays Reporting System, navigating the various levels of data from school performance to individual student scores and responses.

  • How to Access AIRWays Reporting for Teachers:  Teachers are given a brief explanation of the features of the AIRWays Reporting System.  Participants are given a tour of the various features, sorting options, and levels of data available. 

  • How to Modify Scores:  Now that hand scoring is accessed through AIRWays, participants need to understand how to modify AI scores to open-ended items.  This presentation demonstrates how to alter a tentative score, and where to locate all Training Guides and Exemplar Sets for open-ended items.

  • How to Hand-Score Unscored Items:  Although most open-ended items are AI scored, some items still require hand scoring in the AIRWays Reporting System.  This brief presentation provides participants with the information they need to locate all unscored items and associated Training Guides and Exemplar Sets for open-ended items.

  • How to Access Longitudinal Reports:  This video provides an explanation on navigating the longitudinal reports in the AIRWays Reporting System

  • How to Export and Print Student Data:  This video demonstrates how to export and print student and roster data stored in the AIRWays Reporting System.

  • How to Create, Manage, and Edit Rosters:  Rosters are the key to accessing information in the AIRWays Reporting System.  This video explains how to create, manage, and edit rosters in the system, allowing teachers to access students’ information.

  • How to Set Up Your Reports So They Make Sense:  AIRWays allows educators to assign labels to various interims and to filter interim results, making it easier to compare results.  This video explains how to classify assessment blocks taken and to filter results to disaggregate data.

 

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment administration material is located on the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal.