SBAC (Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium)

  • CDE
    The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is an online summative assessment that utilizes computer- adaptive testing and performance tasks to track progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math across multiple states.
    Assembly Bill (AB) 484 requires most students in grades 3-8 and 11 to take the SBAC as part of the statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing program except for the following students:
    1. English Learners (ELs) in a US school for less than 1 year will not take the ELA test. They only take math.
    2. Students with severe cognitive disabilities, as documented in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP),will not take the ELA or math tests.

Testing Window

  • SBAC Summative Assessment: March 9 to June 3
    Science and Alternative Assessment: March 9 to June 3

    Schools are required to complete SBAC summative testing during these dates.

    Attendance during these windows is important as each test builds on the previous test. Students missing one day may need to halt their testing progress until make-up tests are administered.

Parents/Guardians Exemptions

  • Parents/Guardians may submit written requests annually to exempt their children from all or any part of the SBAC, CSTs, CMA, and CAPA for Science, and/or STS for RLA. All such requests must be honored as indicated in EC Section 60615.
    Parent Notes to excuse their child must include the following:
    • Student’s name and school of attendance
    • Request to exclude their students from testing
    • Name of test(s) or parts of test(s) to be opted out of
    • School year
    • Signature of parent or legal guardian

    A new request letter must be submitted each school year.





    ARTICLE 2. Program Provisions 60615.  

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent’s or guardian’s written request to school officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the assessments administered pursuant to this chapter shall be granted.

    (Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 975, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1996.)