Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Landscape for 2013-14. Counselor Summer Institute June 26, 2013. Robin Munson, Ph.D. Assistant Superintendent. Cinda Parton Director, Assessment Development. Today’s topics. Why are we changing the assessment system?
Counselor Summer Institute
June 26, 2013
Robin Munson, Ph.D. Assistant Superintendent
Cinda PartonDirector, Assessment Development
Common Core State Standards
Define the knowledge and skills students need for college and career
Developed voluntarily and cooperatively by states; more than 40 states have adopted
Provide clear, consistent standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics
Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness
All studentsleave high school college and career ready
...and what can an assessment system
do to help?
How do we get from here...
College and career readiness assessments for accountability
Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning
Common Core State Standards specify
K-12 expectations for college and career readiness
All students leave high school college and career ready
Supporting classroom-based assessments to improve instruction
Flexible and open assessments, used for actionable feedback
A consortium of 26 states and territories working together to build next-generation formative, interim and summative assessments for K-12 schools tied to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
Funding from the federal Race to the Top Assessment grant (~$175M) and foundations (~$3M).
Governed by member states on a consensus model.
21 Governing States, 4 Advisory States, 1 Affiliate Member
Washington state is fiscal agent
When grant ends UCLA CRESST will manage Smarter Balanced
Performance Task (PT) Portion
Scores Reported in Terms of Proficiency and Growth
Supports Proficiency Based Instruction
English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, Grades 3-8 and High School
Last 12 weeks of the year*
DIGITAL CLEARINGHOUSE OF FORMATIVE TOOLS, PROCESSES AND EXEMPLARS Released items and tasks; Model curriculum units; Educator training; Professional development tools and resources; Scorer training modules; Teacher collaboration tools; Evaluation of publishers’ assessments.
Scope, sequence, number and timing of interim assessments locally determined
*Time windows may be adjusted based on results from the research agenda and final implementation decisions.
The testing window is the final 12 weeks of the academic year.
In 11th grade: Whether students are college and career ready
In other grades: Whether students are on track to becoming college and career ready
Each content area has claims that can be made if a student meets standard on the assessment
Overall Claim for Grades 3-8
Student Scores for ELA/Literacy
Student Scores for Mathematics
Overall ELA/Literacy Score
Overall Mathematics Score
Claim #1 - Reading
Claim #1 – Concepts & Procedures
Claim #2 - Writing
Claim #2 –Problem Solving
Claim #3 - Speaking and Listening
Claim #3 – Communicating Reasoning
Claim #4 - Research/Inquiry
Claim #4 – Modeling & Data Analysis
Shows item types and tools/features
All grades, both content areas
Expanded features being released over the summer
Common Core standards and assessments:
Research has consistently shown that the single most powerful predictor of student success in college is the rigor of academic preparation.
Note: Applies only to students who matriculate directly from high school to college.
Visit us at: SmarterBlanced.org
Sign up for the e-newsletter
Follow on Twitter: @SmarterBalanced
* % of Class of 2012 who met standard on exit exams or Certificate of Academic Achievement options
** Some Washington students are included in the national sample but no state level data is available
Graduation Assessment Requirements