Smarter Balanced Opportunities to Participate
Online Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) placed online for public access the set of practice tests for grades three through eight and grade eleven. For each grade, practice tests will be available in both English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The practice tests are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page. The practice tests include test questions with the same features that students will experience in 2014–15. Online access to the practice tests will not require a unique username and password, so schools and districts can use them for teacher training as well as discussions with parents, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders. Members of the public are also allowed access. There will be no immediate scoring of the tests, but scoring keys will be made available later in the year.
Application Window for Digital Library State Network of Educators Now Open
Smarter Balanced is developing a Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices, which will be an online, interactive clearinghouse of resources to assist teachers in tailoring instruction to meet students’ needs. The CDE is forming a State Network of Educators to review resources for inclusion in the Digital Library. Members of this team will be trained to evaluate resources on the basis of criteria established by Smarter Balanced. To form this team, the CDE is seeking K–12 and higher education professionals with expertise in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and formative assessment tools and practices. Each team member also must have experience teaching one or more of the following student groups: general education; gifted and talented; English learners; and students with disabilities.
Further information about this opportunity and a link to the online application are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. The application window will remain open through June 14, 2013.
Draft Accessibility and Accommodations Framework Released for Public Review
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released its draft Accessibility and Accommodations Framework for public review and comment. The framework explains the conceptual underpinnings of the approach that is expected to be used by Smarter Balanced to address accessibility tools and accommodation options for students taking the Smarter Balanced assessments. In developing this framework, Smarter Balanced consulted with nationally recognized experts on English learners and students with disabilities as well as staff from Smarter Balanced member states who specialize in the instruction and assessment of students who are English learners and students with disabilities. The framework represents a significant effort to ensure accurate and valid measures of achievement and growth for all students, regardless of visual, auditory, linguistic, or physical needs.
Smarter Balanced will collect feedback on the draft framework through June 14, 2013. Consolidated feedback on behalf of organizations is especially encouraged. The draft framework and instructions for providing feedback are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Web page.
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