Recent Announcements

  • Portal Survey

    Cambium Assessment Inc. is in the process of evaluating users experience with using the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Portal to access resources and systems to successfully administer state assessments such as Smarter Balanced, NGSS, CTAS and CTAA. We want to know what is working well and what can be better. We want your feedback!

    The survey should take about seven to ten minutes. Please complete the survey by June 30th.

    We are looking for feedback from district administrators, school coordinators, teachers, proctors, and parents.

    If you have any questions regarding the survey or need assistance, contact the Cambium Assessment Portal Survey Help Desk number 877-206-7039.

    Added June 9, 2020
  • Tools for Teachers

    The Smarter Balanced Digital Library will officially close on May 28, 2020. On June 16, 2020, Smarter Balanced will be opening a new web application that contains instructional resources and strategies to help educators.  This new application, Tools for Teachers, will be open in June as a preview to allow users to become familiar with the new site, but may not contain the full number of resources that will be available in the fall for the grand opening.  

    Tools for Teachers Features:

    • Responsive, accessible instructional resources aligned to learning standards
    • Interactive Connections Playlists that link interim assessments (learning checks) to differentiated instructional resources 
    • Formative assessment strategies embedded in every instructional resource
    • Embedded accessibility strategies for use in the classroom

    Added May 26, 2020
  • On April 24, 2020, staff from the Performance Office offered a webinar on administering Interim Assessments remotely and the new Smarter Balanced Tools for Teachers Remote Learning resource page.  Below is the webinar link (and a PDF version), as well as other new resources developed to support the use of Interim Assessments remotely.  

    Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions at

    Added May 4, 2020
  • Summative Assessments Cancelled for School Year 2019-20

    The CSDE submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education (USED) on March 20, 2020, in regard to federal assessment and accountability requirements.  The CSDE has received approval from the USED that Connecticut can begin to implement the provisions in this waiver which includes no summative testing (Smarter, NGSS, CT SAT, CTAA and CTAS) and no Next Generation Accountability for the 2019-20 school year. 

    Added March 30, 2020
  • Smarter Balanced Educator Recruitment– Update Summer Meetings Cancelled

    Update– Summer meetings have been cancelled. Recruitment is for October ELA and Math. The CSDE and Smarter Balanced are seeking educators who meet all the qualifications outlined below to participate in, in-person content development activities.

    • currently certified to teach ELA/literacy or mathematics in a K – 12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities;
    • currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district or state education entity, including higher education located in Connecticut; and
    • within the past three years:
      • have taught ELA/literacy or mathematics in Grades 3 through 8 or have worked in a classroom content support role such as a literacy or district-content specialist      AND/OR
      • have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in Grades 3 through 8 or have worked in a support role such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist.  Specializations in visual impairments or teaching students who are deaf and hard of hearing are encouraged.
    • have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working; and
    • or item writing, all educators must submit a statement of interest upon request that describes (a) the reason(s) for their interest in developing items for the Smarter Balanced assessment system and (b) their qualifications for doing so.

    The Smarter Balanced item development process involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent consensus-driven process to help all students succeed in a global economy. The 2020 item development meetings are currently:

    ELA and Math Item Review: Week of October 26, 2020

    All interested candidates, including candidates that have previously applied, must apply by submitting the online application form to Smarter Balanced by April 20, 2020.

    Smarter Balanced will contact selected educators directly via e-mail. The selected educators will need to complete additional travel and contract information. Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements will be provided by Smarter Balanced following the meeting, and may include substitute reimbursement.

    Please contact Michelle Rosado at the CSDE by e-mail if you have any questions.

    Added March 30, 2020
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Welcome to the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal. This site provides access to resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment, the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA), and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS).