Interim Assessment: The Optional Periodic Test

The optional interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them information they can use to improve their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards. These tools are used at the discretion of schools and districts, and teachers can employ them to check students’ progress at mastering specific concepts at strategic points during the school year. The interim assessments consist of the following features:

* Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) that test the same content and report scores on the same scale as the summative assessments.

* Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes.

* High-quality test items that are developed in the same way as those used for the summative assessments.

* Questions that can be machine scored by the Smarter Balanced Test Delivery Engine (some questions such as constructed-response items and performance tasks need to be scored by teachers locally).