On April 16, educators from Solano County, Napa County, and Contra Costa County convened at SCOE for a workshop on the new Smarter Balanced Assessments. The new assessments, aligned with the CA Common Core State Standards, are being piloted this school year. Full implementation of the assessments is to take place during the 2015-15 school year. Presenters included Deborah Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, District, School & Innovation Branch; Nancy Brownell, Senior Fellow, Office of the State Board of Education; Jessica Valdez; State NAEP Coordinator, Assessment and Accountability Division; Jose Ortega, State Readiness Coordinator , Educational Data Management Division; and Rodney Okamoto, CDE Education Administrator II, Technology Services Division. Workshop participants reviewed and discussed the components of the Smarter Balanced Assessments and considered next steps for their school and district.