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Thanks for your question. Smarter Balanced is committed to providing resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities for educators from all grade levels, including kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. The Digital Library is an online collection of materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (http://www.corestandards.org/) that will help educators use the formative assessment process to adjust teaching to improve student learning. These resources include a series of commissioned assessment literacy and exemplar instructional modules in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. In addition, 2,000 Consortium educators will contribute professional learning and instructional materials. The library will be interactive, allowing users to rate materials and to share their expertise with educators across the country. It will be available to all registered users in April 2014.
States may elect to make available the optional interim assessments for grades 3-8 and 11. These can be used to benchmark student progress throughout the year, and educators will have the flexibility to administer an assessment on an entire grade’s worth of subject matter or a subset of concepts. Decisions about the timing and frequency of the interim assessments can be made at the local level.
For more information on the design of the assessment system, visit our Assessments page: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/.
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