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. 

Criteria for High-Quality Assessment

From the abstract: “States and school districts across the nation are making critical decisions about student assessments as they move to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by 45 states. The Standards feature an increased focus on deeper learning, or students’ ability to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 437
Date created: 11/05/2014 - 11:20

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: 436
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

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: 435
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:02

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: 434
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:25

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: 406
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

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: 398
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:46

Bias and Sensitivity Review Training Module

This presentation from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 389
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 12:57

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: 373
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:59