Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Mathematics Tutorial on Using the Equation Response Editor Tool

Students participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment system are required to respond to mathematical items using the Equation Response Editor. This resource is a tutorial designed to provide users with a guided experience of the Equation Response Editor tool in preparation for assessment. The...

Number of views: 428
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:02

Illustrations and Elaborations of Math Practice Standards

This section of the Illustrative Mathematics website helps teachers become more familiar with standards for mathematical practice in order to integrate these standards effectively into instructional planning at both the lesson and unit levels. The exemplars give teachers a clear sense of what the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 415
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:08

Content Specifications for the Summative Assessment of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (Revised Draft)

This resource describes the claims about student learning in mathematics that were derived from the Common Core State Standards and how they have been used to guide Smarter Balanced's design of a system of summative and interim assessments. The document includes detailed rationales and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 412
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:25

Appendix B: Grade Level Tables for All Claims and Assessment Targets and Item Types

These tables lay out assessment targets that comprise each of the four claims Smarter Balanced summative assessment is being designed to evaluate:  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 400
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos

The Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos is a professional learning resource for teachers and teacher educators. There are two instructional practice toolkit modules: one for mathematics and another for English language arts/literacy.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 378
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

Bias and Sensitivity Review Training Module

This presentation from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 366
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 12:57

ELA/Literacy Summative Assessment Blueprint

The ELA Blueprint provides an overview to the types and content of items and tasks that appear on the Smarter Balanced student test forms. The document starts with a blueprint overview, by claim, for each of grade levels 3-5, 6-8 and 11. Initial charts show the major content categories comprising...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 356
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:46

Universal Design, Accessibility, Bias, and Sensitivity Considerations

Assessment items and tasks are designed to accurately evaluate students' knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Smarter Balanced system of assessment has considered universal design, accessibility, bias, and sensitivity throughout the process of developing assessment items and tasks. In this...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 347
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:59