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 Selected Response, Constructed Response, and Technology-Enhanced Items

This presentation from Smarter Balanced provides information about the purpose, components, and essential requirements involved in creating selected response, constructed response, and technology-enhanced items. General guidelines for item writing are presented, along with exemplary and flawed...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 115
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 11:30

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...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 173
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 13:51

Mathematics Grade Level Considerations for Grades 3-5

This presentation provides an introduction to grade-specific considerations for item and task development for the Smarter Balanced assessments. These include guidelines for the following: appropriate grade-level and mathematics vocabulary appropriate representation of numbers in items and tasks...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 14:12

Mathematics Grade Level Considerations for Grades 6-8

This presentation provides an introduction to grade-specific considerations for item and task development for the Smarter Balanced assessments. These include guidelines for the following: appropriate grade-level and mathematics vocabulary appropriate representation of numbers in items and tasks...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 14:18

Mathematics Grade Level Considerations for High School

In contrast to the kindergarten through grade 8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, high school level standards are not grade-specific. Instead, the standards specify learning expectations upon graduation from high school. This presentation provides an introduction to grade-specific ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 14:30

Mathematics Item Review Considerations

This presentation from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides: an overview of the item review committee; a description of committee members' roles and responsibilities; and an introduction to the key considerations involved in the review of Mathematics stimuli, items, and tasks. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 14:51

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: 411
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:46

Mathematics Summative Assessment Blueprint

The Mathematics Blueprint provides an overview to the types and content of items and tasks that will 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...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 506
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 18:16

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