It's SBAC to School Time – The Road to Spring 2015

As we move into the early fall of 2014, be sure to check back regularly for updated information regarding the new Smarter Balanced Assessment components. These include the Digital Library, educator-designed resources to support formative assessment practices (mid-late October rollout/training) and Interim Comprehensive Assessments designed to gauge readiness against the standards and inform educational decisions at the student level (early-mid December rollout/training).

Download Materials from Smarter Balanced Readiness Workshops

Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Assessments

As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Vermont has joined with a cadre of other states to develop the next generation of educational tests for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. SBAC will be fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), use state of the art computer adaptive testing and accessibility technologies, and will provide a continuum of summative, interim and formative tools that can be used for a variety of educational purposes. For more detailed information, visit the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website.

Memo from Secretary Holcombe to SBAC Governing States Regarding Limitations of Performance Categories for Supporting Improvement in Learning and Assessing School Effectiveness

Secretary Holcombe Responds to a Student about Testing

What's rectangular, has words, and has a lot of paper? A TEST! Kids at school take lots of tests...
Read Logan's full letter to Sec. Holcombe

Logan Martel
4th Grader, Highgate Elementary School

Thank you for sending me your thoughts on testing. You make some very good points...
Read Sec. Holcombe's full response to Logan

Sec. Rebecca Holcombe
Vermont Agency of Education


Michael Hock, Director of Educational Assessment, at or (802) 479-1288

Page Last Updated on November 13, 2014