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. 

Introduction to Smarter Balanced Item and Performance Task Development Procedure

The following presentation introduces educators to commonly used terms and concepts that are part of the development of items and performance tasks. In the presentation, educators will: be introduced to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; learn more about the Common Core State Standards and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:21

Introduction to Evidence-Centered Design

The presentation explores foundational concepts of Evidence-Centered Design and discusses how an evidence-centered approach contrasts from a traditional approach in developing items and tasks. The presentation also addresses the following concepts: claims about student learning;  assessment targets...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:31

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: 455
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

English Language Arts 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: 122
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 14:22

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

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: 169
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 14:48

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: 447
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:25

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: 62
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:42

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: 267
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:59

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