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. 

English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations for Grades 6-8

This presentation describes key considerations in the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications for Grades 6-8. These include guidelines for the following considerations: reading level vocabulary grade appropriate contexts item difficulty assessment targets and associated expectations  The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 12:26

English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations for Grades 3-5

This presentation describes key considerations in the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications for Grades 3-5. These include guidelines for the following considerations: reading level vocabulary grade appropriate contexts item difficulty assessment targets and associated expectations  The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 12:12

English Language Arts Stimulus Considerations

This presentation provides information about important considerations for creating grade-appropriate stimuli. Smarter Balanced uses stimulus materials to provide a context for the item or task to which the student must respond.  The presentation is available in the following formats: YouTube Video...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 11:47

Performance Tasks for English Language Arts

This presentation provides detailed performance task descriptions and examples that illustrate key performance task features that are an important part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Performance tasks are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason and apply...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17,490
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 18:00

English Language Arts Selected Response, Constructed Response, Technology-Enhanced Item Design

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: 131
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 17:32

Initial Achievement Level Descriptors and College Content-Readiness Policy - Math

Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) are a means of describing performance on a standardized test in terms of levels or categories of performance. Smarter Balanced reports scores relative to four levels of performance, where level 3 reflects on track or at college and career ready, level 4 reflects...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 255
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:59

Mathematics Training Module on Content Specifications, Item Specifications, and Depth of Knowledge

This presentation from Smarter Balanced provides an overview of the primary documents used to inform the development of items and tasks. The presentation also details how item writers use these primary documents to create high-quality items and tasks and includes an introduction to the Depth of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 61
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:42

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

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