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Smarter Balanced. Sample Items and Performance Tasks Scott Cook, Content Director. Oct. 10, 2012. Purpose of Sample Items and Performance Tasks. Demonstrate rigor and complexity of ELA/literacy and mathematics questions Showcase variety of item types: Selected response

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smarter balanced

Smarter Balanced

Sample Items and Performance Tasks

Scott Cook, Content Director

Oct. 10, 2012

purpose of sample items and performance tasks
Purpose of Sample Items and Performance Tasks
  • Demonstrate rigor and complexity of ELA/literacy and mathematics questions
  • Showcase variety of item types:
      • Selected response
      • Constructed response
      • Technology enhanced
      • Performance tasks
  • Help teachers to begin planning for the shifts in instruction
  • The sample items and performance tasks can be accessed from the Smarter Balanced website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/sample-items-and-performance-tasks/.
developed with educators and experts
Developed with Educators and Experts
  • Early 2012: Assessment claims for ELA/literacy and mathematics approved by Governing States
  • April 2012: Item/task specifications and review guidelines published
    • http://www.smarterbalanced.org/itemspecs
  • June 2012: Training modules available for item writers/reviewers
    • http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/item-writing-and-review
  • Summer 2012: Educators from Governing States begin writing items and tasks; cognitive labs / small scale trials begin
  • September 2012: Sample items reviewed by Smarter Balanced staff and advisors, Student Achievement Partners
  • October 2012: Sample items and tasks available
  • February / March 2013: Pilot Test of first 10,000 items and performance tasks
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“Students can demonstrate progress toward college and career readiness in English Language arts and literacy.”

Claims for the ELA/Literacy Summative Assessment

  • “Students can demonstrate college and career readiness in English language arts and literacy.”

Overall Claim for Grades 3-8

  • “Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.”

Overall Claim for Grade 11

  • “Students can produce effective and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.”

Claim #1 - Reading

  • “Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.”

Claim #2 - Writing

  • “Students can engage in research and inquiry to investigate topics, and to analyze, integrate, and present information.”

Claim #3 - Speaking and Listening

Claim #4 - Research/Inquiry

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“Students can demonstrate progress toward college and career readiness in mathematics.”

Claims for the Mathematics Summative Assessment

  • “Students can demonstrate college and career readiness in mathematics.”

Overall Claim for Grades 3-8

  • “Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.”

Overall Claim for Grade 11

  • “Students can solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.”

Claim #1 - Concepts & Procedures

  • “Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.”

Claim #2 - Problem Solving

  • “Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.”

Claim #3 - Communicating Reasoning

Claim #4 - Modeling and Data Analysis

sample items and tasks navigation
Sample Items and Tasks Navigation

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Sample Items and Tasks Navigation

Content Claim

Grade band

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Sample Items and Tasks Navigation

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item metadata
Item Metadata

About this item

exploring the sample items1
Exploring the Sample Items

Selected response and technology enhanced items are machine scorable

feedback and support starting oct 9
Feedback and Support Starting Oct. 9

Online feedback and phone support available

accessibility and accommodations
Accessibility and Accommodations
  • Sample items do not include accessibility and accommodations features
  • Full range of accessibility tools and accommodations options under development guided by:
    • Magda Chia, Ph.D., Director of Support for Under-Represented Students
    • Accessibility and Accommodations Work Group
    • Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee
      • Chair: Martha Thurlow (NCEO)
    • English Language Learners Advisory Committee
    • Accessibility & Accommodations Framework
  • Learn more online:
    • http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/support-for-under-represented-students/
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