Mathematics Stimulus Considerations

Smarter Balanced uses stimulus materials to provide context or information for the item or task to which the student must respond. In mathematics, the stimulus is the text, source, and/or graphic about which the item is written. This presentation provides explanations about the use of stimuli in the creation of mathematics items and performance tasks. Information contained in this presentation includes:

  • the purpose of stimuli
  • different types of stimuli
  • general guidelines used to create stimuli

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