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. 

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

Mathematics Sample Questions

The Math sample questions are designed to support educators implementing the CCSS and prepare for assessments. The sample items can be used to support instructional planning as they provide educators with examples of the depth of understanding that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced...

Number of views: 30
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:17

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

English Language Arts Sample Questions

The ELA sample questions are designed to support educators implementing the CCSS and prepare for assessments. The sample items can be used to support instructional planning as they provide educators with examples of the depth of understanding that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment...

Number of views: 57
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 09:37

Practice and Training Resources

This resource site includes materials designed to acquaint users with the Smarter Balanced test platform and environment. The site includes:  user guides classroom activity administration guidelines practice classroom activities scoring guides performance task writing rubrics ELA and math practice...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 09:14

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: 454
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 18:16

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

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

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