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CCSS Update: Volume I, Issue 10, October 10, 2012

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

New Resources

Sample Items and Performance Tasks Released on October 9

Starting October 9, the sample items and performance tasks can be accessed from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Sample Items and Performance Tasks Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . Help desk support will be provided through November 2, during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. Sample items and performance tasks will provide the first look at next-generation assessments. The samples illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the SBAC assessments. They will also signal to educators the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the CCSS and the new assessments. It is important to note that the sample items and tasks will be presented in an online portal that does not include accessibility tools and accommodations options under development for the operational assessment system in the 2014–15 school year. Over the next several months—guided by the SBAC’s Accessibility and Accommodations Work Group and advisory committees for English language learners and students with disabilities—SBAC will finalize the accessibility tools and accommodations options available through the test delivery system.

Legislative Update

The following CCSS-related bills were signed into law on September 27, 2012:

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