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 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: 159
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 13:51

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

English Language Arts Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items.  ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by grade level (bands 3-5, 6-8, and grade 11) and by claim and assessment target. Each...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4,784
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 13:48

English Language Arts Item Review Considerations Training Module

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 English Language Arts stimuli, items, and tasks....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 13:05

High School English Language Arts Grade Level Considerations

In contrast to the kindergarten through grade 8 Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, high school level standards are not grade-specific. Instead, the standards specify learning expectations upon graduation from high school. This presentation describes key considerations for item...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 12:51

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: 54
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: 113
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 11:47

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