Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

About the SBA

The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core Standards, and designed to measure whether students are "on track" for readiness in college and/or career. These are mandatory assessments given to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11.

At Kapalama, all students in Grades 3-5 will have one opportunity taking the SBA online around April/May. Students are taking the reading and mathematics assessments to measure their achievement of their grade level standards.

Grade 5 students will also take their Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) Science assessment online. Only the highest score (out of 2 tries) is kept for each student’s official record.

How to Help Your Child Do Well on the Test

Here are some things parents and families can do to make sure that the child is ready for a test:


BE POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING.  Let your child know that you are supporting his/her efforts on the tests.  STUDENTS WHO ARE CALM AND SURE OF THEMSELVES DO BETTER ON TESTS.

For more information, visit the Hawaii DOE website: Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)