N.D. State Assessment Is Drawing Near… Are You Ready?

N.D. State Assessment – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

As the administration of the N.D. State Assessment draws near for grades 3-8 and 11 we’ve compiled some important Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) resources that will help you prepare.

Here’s a Summary of Core Components:

FAQs about Sample Items and Performance Tasks:


Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile (ISAAP)

Especially important for district administrators, RtI/MTSS teams, and special education staff
The ISAAP tool is designed to facilitate selection of the accessibility resources and designated supports that match student access needs for the Smarter Balanced assessments.

“The overall goal of using the ISAAP process and ISAAP Tool is to provide students with a comfortable testing experience that allows them to demonstrate what they know and can do.”

An introduction to the ISAAP Tool (direct links to the tool is found midway down this page)


(Click on ISAAP Tool, then use tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet)
  1. A set of Universal accessibility tools—such as a digital notepad and scratch paper—will be available to all students.
  2. Designated supports—like a translated pop-up glossary—will be made available to students for whom a need has been identified by school personnel familiar with each student’s needs and testing resources. These must be activated prior to a student taking the SBAC.
  3. Accommodations will be available to students with a documented need noted in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. These tools include Braille and closed captioning, among others.

The following graphic shows available tools, supports and accommodations.  School personnel determine what is appropriate for students in their schools. Detailed explanations,  guidelines, and protocols are linked at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/support-for-under-represented-students/


Below are resources to use when communicating with your district’s stakeholders:

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