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CCSS Update: Volume I, Issue 17, December 5, 2012

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

Important Updates from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Draft Initial Achievement Level Descriptors Released for Public Review

Smarter Balanced released its draft initial achievement level descriptors for public comment on November 27, 2012. The public comment period runs through January 15, 2013.

On November 30, 2012, a notification letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction was e-mailed to local educational agency (LEA) superintendents and charter school administrators.

The draft achievement level descriptors and online survey for providing feedback are available on the SBAC Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness Web page External link opens in new window or tab. .

Smarter Balanced will host a public Webinar on December 17, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to provide an overview of achievement level descriptors. Registration for this Webinar can be completed online at the above Web address.

Pilot Test Participation Opportunities for Schools

The Smarter Balanced Pilot Test is scheduled to take place February 20 through May 10, 2013, in grades three through eleven (3–11). Smarter Balanced will select schools for the pilot test using two approaches or components:

  1. The “Scientific” component targets a representative sample of schools and yields critical data about the items developed to date as well as about how the system is functioning. Through January 2013, schools selected through the scientific component will be contacted by a Smarter Balanced vendor to confirm their participation in the Pilot Test.
  2. The “Volunteer” component will be open to all schools in Smarter Balanced states and will ensure that all schools have the opportunity to experience the basic functionality of the system. Interested schools can volunteer to participate via the online survey located on the Smarter Balanced Pilot Survey Monkey Web page [this survey has been closed].

LEAs should direct questions about the Pilot Test to: smarterbalancedpilot@air.org.

Release of Minimum Technology Requirements

Smarter Balanced has released its minimum hardware and software requirements for existing computers. These requirements are part of “The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications” report located on the Smarter Balanced Technology Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . Questions regarding the minimum technology requirements should be directed to: sbac-itreadiness@cde.ca.gov.


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