Smarter Balanced Resources
- Connecticut State Department of Education—Student Assessment News
- Connecticut State Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal – This site provides access to resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, CMT/CAPT Science Assessments, and the Alternate Assessment.
- Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments -This site provides important background information on the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments as well as links to resources to support classroom instruction. Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments/ Classroom Activities – ELA/Literacy and Mathematics
- Smarter Balanced Digital Library– is a searchable, interactive online collection of instructional and professional learning resources developed by educators for educators. These resources are aligned with the intent of the Common Core State Standards and help educators implement the formative assessment process to improve student learning. The Digital Library will also include resources to interpret data and reports from the Smarter Balanced summative and interim assessments.
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Rubrics: English Language Arts/Literacy & Mathematics
- Guide to Using the OER Rubrics and the EQuIP Rubrics NEW
- The EQuIP Review Process and Rubric (achievethecore.org)
- EQuIP: Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (Achieve)
- Annotated Student Work Initiative – To complement the EQuIP quality review process, Achieve launched the EQuIP Annotated Student Work Initiative. Student work samples provide additional indicators of the alignment and quality of instructional materials. As such, this initiative is designed to add annotated student work samples to the existing collection of exemplar lessons and units for each content area and grade band. (Achieve) NEW
- EQuIP Student Work Annotation Guide – This guide describes a process for identifying and applying key annotations to student work, for the purpose of enhancing implementation of instructional materials. (Achieve) NEW
- LDC Core Tools: 2016-2017 Student Work Rubrics – The new LDC student work rubrics, created by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), allow teachers to quickly and easily create rubrics that are specifically aligned to the exact content and standards in the tasks they are building for their students. Select “Student Work Rubrics.” View the video listed below for additional information to get started. (core tools.ldc.org) NEW
- LDC CoreTools: 2016-17 Student Work Rubrics Introductory Video NEW
- Aligning Evaluation: How Much Do Teacher Evaluation Rubrics Emphasize Common Core Instruction? This October 2016 brief from the American Institutes for Research contributes to the discussion of whether teacher evaluation rubrics contain specific instructional guidance to teachers that will help them teach the things they have been asked to teach (Common Core State Standards) in the manner they have been asked to teach them. Findings detailed in the brief suggest ways to revise teacher evaluation rubrics to more closely align with the new student learning standards. (air.org) NEW
- Achieve OER Evaluation Tool Handbook (Achieve)
- Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards (Achieve)
- Assessment Design in Expeditionary Learning Grades 3-8 ELA Curriculum – This document outlines a step-by-step process for designing effective assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Once you connect with the link, you will need to scroll down to the resource. (commoncoresuccess.elschools.org)
- The Performance Assessment Resource Bank is an online collection of high-quality performance tasks and resources that support the use of performance assessment for meaningful learning. Resources include K-12 performance tasks in math, English/language arts, science, and history/social studies, professional development tools, and examples of how schools, districts, and states have integrated performance assessment into their systems of assessment. These resources have been collected from educators and organizations across the United States and reviewed by experts in the field. (performanceassessmentresourcebank.org) NEW
- Tchrs’ Voice, a Teaching Channel blog – Back-to-School Backpack: Think About Assessment -This blog offers many ways to think about assessment with live links to resources.
- Implementing and Assessing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice Webinar Series (mpi.edc.org)
- Materials Analysis Tools (NCSM, webinar and materials) (mathedleadership.org)
- Tchrs’ Voice, a Teaching Channel blog – Tests Without Grades: Learning Moments – This blog showcases the value of students learning by mistakes. It also links directly to a 7 minute companion video, for Grades 6-12 Math, “Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Policy” (teachingchannel.org)