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SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment 
Resources for Students

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The Practice and Training Tests can be taken on any Internet-connected computer using a current Web browser including:

Mozilla Firefox 10-41

Google Chrome 41-46

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (W'7 or W'8 RT)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (W'7, W'8 RT, W'8.0, W'8.1, W'10)

Apple Safari 5.1x-9 (version depends on OS) - see compatibility chart if you have trouble connecting

All options should read guest/guest session - Click on the Sign In button

What is the difference between the training test and the practice test? 

Calculators are available for students (Grades 6-->)to preview and practice with outside of the testing environment. 

Grade 6 Basic Calculator

Grade 7-8 Scientific Calculator

Equation Response Editor Tool 

Tutorial that explains how to use the Equation Response Editor tool, and to let students practice using it. Students may use this tool to enter answers that are numbers, expressions, or equations. The tutorial walks them through how to create common mathematical objects, and then lets them practice creating those objects.

If you are in elementary school, try to complete all the screens through “Practice 1.” 

If you are in middle school or high school, you should try to complete all the screens through “Practice 2.” If you are in middle school, however, you probably will not need to use trigonometric functions.

Keyboard Commands For Students
This document provides keyboard commands students can use to navigate between test elements, features, and tools.

Item Type Tutorials
Video clips that show users how to navigate the items and tools available while taking an online assessment. While testing, item type tutorials are accessible to students throughout the assessment. Students can review the tutorials here to become familiar with the different item types that may appear on an assessment. Please note these tutorials have closed captioning and no audio.




Connecticut State Dept. of Education Assessment Page 

Connecticut's SBAC Info for Parents and Students  
Use this site to access the practice and training tests and learn more about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.

CMT/CAPT Science 

CT Core Standards 
This website supports those interested in the Connecticut Core Standards, providing information, examples, and resources. Parent and teacher resources are included. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website 

SBAC One Page Overview

Smarter Balanced Page for Parents and Students

Smarter Balanced Fact Sheet for Parents

PTA Parent's Guides to Student Success

The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.

Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy and mathematics, the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Be A Learning Hero 

Be A Learning Hero helps parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms across the country so they can help their children be successful in school.

We provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.

Be A Learning Hero is a project of the New Venture Fund.





Additional Assessment Information for Teachers

Renaissance-U log in for teachers
This is for training videos for Renaissance Learning's STAR Assessments and reports

Renaissance-U initial sign in - For first time setting up account for the training videos.


CT Assessment portal
This site provides resources for administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.

CSDE Archived Assessment News

Student Interface for Online Testing [video 22.48 runtime] This module explains to District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and teachers how to navigate the Student Interface.

Multiplication Table (PDF) Single digit (1-9) multiplication table is a non-embedded accommodation for Grade 4 math items and above.   This is to be used only for students with a documented and persistent calculation disability (i.e., dyscalculia).  This can be printed for students requiring this accommodation.  

Important Limitations: The Practice and Training Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments and a more accurate depiction of both the testing environment and item types, but they do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the operational assessments, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions. In addition, students and teachers will not receive reports or scores from the Practice or Training Tests. Although the operational assessment system will be computer adaptive, the Practice and Training Tests follow a fixed-form model.

Additional Resources and Support for Practice and Training Tests  

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF

Elementary Writing Factsheet (PDF)

Updated classroom activities and scoring guides for the Smarter Balanced Practice Test are available under Resources and Documentation.

Calculators Manuals and User Guides 

Classroom Activities 

Scoring Guides 

Performance Task Writing Rubrics 


Smarter Balanced Digital Library (Teacher Resource: requires log on)

Info on Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

Digital Library Fact Sheet



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