The Tools for Teachers is a brand new website for instructional resources and professional development. This is an advanced toolkit for teachers designed for teachers to help them do what they do best - teach!  The Tools for Teachers is an easy-to-search website featuring lessons and activities designed to save teachers time. A few of the features include interactive Connections Playlists you can use with interim assessments, high quality resources aligned to learning standards, formative assessment strategies embedded in every resource, and accessibility instructional strategies. For more information about Tools for Teachers, please contact the OPI Assessment Division at or call us at 1.844.867.2569.



Tools for Teachers - On May 28, 2020 the Digital Library was retired from the AIR portal and replaced by the new Tools for Teachers resource, which is a brand new, higher quality suite of tools and supports that were carefully crafted to save teachers time, streamline lesson planning and help students learn. 

Smarter Content Explorer: This website is designed to help educators learn how Smarter Balanced assesses academic standards, and to explore the range of knowledge and skills for college and career readiness by filtering content on grade, subject, claim, target and academic standard. 

Sample Items Website: This site displays test questions, which are fully interactive with a range of accessibility features, exactly as students would encounter them on actual tests. An interactive guide explains the types of items used on interim and summative assessments. Search filters permit educators to browse items by grade, subject, claim, target, and item type.  


Alternate Math/ELA

MSAA Parent Brochure: The resources are designed for parents with Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (SwSCD) to provide some insight as to what students are able to do.

MSAA Consortia Website: This new website designed by the MSAA Consortia member-states offers guidance and resources for educators.


Tools for Teachers Site Walkthrough - View this PowerPoint for a review of the new resource.


Tools for Teachers Video Clip - This 7 minute video provides an overview of the features within Tools for Teachers. 


Smarter Content Explorer: A flier as well as a video demonstration describing the Smarter Content Explorer are available to review.


Alternate Math/ELA

Teacher Guides & Sample Items Slide-Deck: Newly released sample items, accompanied with comprehensive teacher guides, are designed as formative teaching resources for educators. Access the sample items in the MSAA System portal