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March 17, 2017

New Sample Test Items from Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced has developed a new, interactive website that allows test takers to experience test questions and items in a similar manner to how they take the actual Smarter Balanced assessments. Sample items are organized by grade level and claims for ELA and math.

March 15, 2017

Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template

This U.S. Department of Education press release provides an update on the template for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plans. The press release includes links to a letter to chief state school officers, a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, the consolidated state plan template, and a crosswalk that highlights changes in the new template.

March 9, 2017

New Report on Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies

The National Academies Press recently released Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies. Chaired by Dr. Joan Herman, the Committee on Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies reviewed the research literature to determine whether there were relationships between these sets of competencies, as well as between the competencies and students' success in undergraduate school. The report is free to download from the National Academies Press website (linked above).