Parent Resources - SBA

  • Preliminary Release of Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores 
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    (If you haven’t signed up for HAC, email LMS are request access to your account at
    What is the difference between preliminary scores and official scores? Although it is very rare and highly unlikely, preliminary scores could change. This can happen if it is determined that a question is invalid or if it is discovered that a scorer made an error. Again, this is very rare and we do not expect any scores to change. Official scores are final and will not change. They also have more detailed data.

    Why not wait until they are official? Assessment scores should be used to guide the learning experiences of our students. These scores, along with classroom assessments, can be useful in identifying students who could benefit from summer school or guide course selection for the fall. We want parents, students and staff to have the preliminary scores before school is out for the summer. Schools will be open and teachers will still be at schools if you have questions. When you get your student’s scores, he or she will be in class with a teacher who knows them well and can help you understand the scores. 

    When will I see my student’s official scores?
    When scores are finalized this summer, they will be available in Home Access Center and you will receive a hard copy in September.

    What will I see and what will it mean?
    For English Language Arts (ELA) and for math you will see a scale score, achievement level, met or not met SBA standard achievement level, and claims level. The scale scores are shown below by grade level. The scale score tells your student’s current level of achievement. Smarter Balanced Assessments are vertically scaled so it is easy to see your child’s growth over time. You need to refer to the scale score ranges for your student’s grade level to identify the scale score that meets standard. In addition, you would expect to see an increase in scale score over last year’s results compared to this year to demonstrate that your student has shown growth from one grade level to the next.

    Each score falls into an achievement level numbered 1-4. Students at levels 1 and 2 are below standard for their grade level and students at levels 3-4 are above standard for their grade level. Students at levels 3 and 4 are considered to have met standard at their grade level. Finally, you will see claim level data. A claim is a broad learning outcome within each test. In ELA the claims are Reading, Writing, Research and Inquiry, and Listening and Speaking. In math the claims are Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving, Communicating Reasoning, Modeling and Data Analysis. Your student has a descriptor for each claim of Below, At or Near, or Above standard. It is very easy to understand being below standard or above standard, but At or Near standard can be confusing. Because each claim is comprised of many learning targets, it is not possible to delineate between students who are at standard or nearly at standard. The test would have to be much longer to test each learning target to that level.