The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year and can serve a variety of educator needs. To better support the variety of possible uses, districts may establish the timeframe, administration policies, and scoring practices for interim assessments. The interim assessments also include all of the accessibility resources that are available in the summative assessment to provide accurate results for all students.

Below are several resources to help educators better understand the interim assessments, how to access them and how to use them. 

If you have questions or would like more information about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, contact the OPI Assessment Division at OPIAssessmentHelpDesk@mt.gov or call us at 1.844.867.2569.

 

User Guides and Manuals

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments FAQs - A list of frequently asked questions about the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, and their answers.

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments - A quick overview of the Interim Assessment blocks.

AVA User Guide - This user guide provides an overview of how to access and use the Assessmnet Viewing Application (AVA). AVA allows teachers to view items on the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

THSS (Teacher Hand Scoring System) User Guide - This user guide provides an overview of the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS). This application is used for scoring hand scored responseson Smarter Balanced interim tests.

Smarter Balanced Hand Scoring Rules - A guide with specific information on scoreing rules.

AIR Ways User Guide - This user guide provides instructions and support for users viewing student interim assessment performance reportsin AIR Ways.

Tutorials

Interim Testing Webinar - This recorded webinar provides information on interim assessments and how to administer them to students.

AVA Training Module - This module provides an overview of online systems for interim assessments. It covers such topics as veiwing interim assessments for instructional purposes and scoring student responses.

THSS (Teacher Hand Scoring System) Training Module - This training module provides an overview of online systems for the interims. It covers such things as scoring student responses and viewing interim assessments for instructional purposes.

AIR Ways Training Module - This training module will provide an overview of the online systems for interims and covers topics like viewing interim assessments for instructional purposes, scoring student responses and viewing student reports.

Introduction to the Interim Webinar, 2016 - A PowerPoint presentation designed to give an overview of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments.

Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments, ESSA Stakeholder Meeting, November 2016