Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments—Test Administration Options

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are currently available to be administered remotely, using the secure browser or the web-based Student Testing Interface, in either a Chrome or Firefox web browser. Neither Safari nor Edge is, currently, supported for remote administration. If the interim assessments are being administered in person, students must use the secure browser. Interim assessment administration options and required browser types are shown in table 1.

Table 1. Interim Assessment Administration Options

Session Type Web Browser Type
In person Secure browser
Remote Secure browser or web-based Student Testing Interface

When creating a session for students to take interim assessments, test administrators will need to select a session type of either In Person or Remote or Hybrid. Selecting the Remote or Hybrid option will enable the new communication and monitoring tools embedded within the testing interface—also known as the communication widget. For detailed instructions on how to administer an interim assessment remotely, visit the Giving a Remote Test: Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments web page.

For more resources and systems related to the interim assessments, visit the Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page.