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Smarter Balanced: On Track & Moving Forward. Jacqueline E. King Director, Higher Education Collaboration. American Association of Publishers June 4, 2013. About Smarter Balanced. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. 26 states & territories (21 governing, 4 advisory, 1 affiliate)

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smarter balanced on track moving forward

Smarter Balanced: On Track & Moving Forward

Jacqueline E. King

Director, Higher Education Collaboration

American Association of Publishers

June 4, 2013

smarter balanced assessment consortium
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

26 states & territories (21 governing, 4 advisory, 1 affiliate)

K-12 & Higher Education Leads in each state

a balanced assessment system
A Balanced Assessment System

Summative assessments

Benchmarked to college and career readiness

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

Teacher resources for

formative assessment practices

to improve instruction

Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for actionable feedback

pilot testing practice test
Pilot Testing & Practice Test
  • Pilot Test held February 20 to May 24, 2013
      • 5,200 schools volunteered to test ~1 million students
      • Purpose: Evaluate first 5,000 items & tasks
    • Open access Practice Tests available now!
      • Both subject areas, grades 3 through 8 and 11
      • Approx. 23 items & 1 performance task in ELA
      • Uses same software as operational test
      • Features refreshable Braille , pop-up Spanish glossary, and other accessibility/accommodation tools
    • Enhancements by this Fall:
      • Performance tasks for math
      • ELA classroom-based activities
      • ASL translation and other accommodation tools
      • Scoring rubrics
field test standard setting
Field Test &Standard Setting
  • Field test in Spring 2014 will target 2.5 million students — roughly 25% of eligible students in each state!
  • Building 40,000 items and performance tasks!
  • Item quality review panel convened to oversee QA
  • Educator recruitment is underway for item authoring and review as well as range-finding (1,000 K-12 teachers and higher education faculty will participate).
  • Standard-setting will occur after field test (summer 2014).
      • In addition to traditional workshop, Smarter Balanced will invite broad stakeholder involvement.
      • Stakeholders can review items and make their own cut score recommendations.
      • Crowd-sourced data will inform standard-setting workshop.
technology requirements responsive to school needs
Technology Requirements Responsive to School Needs
  • Online “Readiness Tool” allows schools and districts to evaluate technology readiness
  • Standards have been established for new and existing hardware
  • Schools do NOT need one-to-one computers
      • Technology standards maximize access to online testing (support for older machines and operating systems, small file size to reduce bandwidth requirements)
      • School with 600 students could test online with a single 30-computer lab
      • New Tech Readiness Calculator allows schools to estimate number of testing days and associated bandwidth
  • Pencil-and-paper option available for three-year transition period
anticipating and managing costs
Anticipating and Managing Costs
  • Two recent, independent studies find states now spend an average of $35 per student.
  • Estimates provided for operational costs in 2015 and beyond include hand-scoring, server hosting, records management, quality control, etc.
  • Cost estimates (March 2013)
      • ~$22.50 per student for Summative only;
      • ~$27.30 per student for Summative, Interim, & Formative
  • Costs below current expenditures for two-thirds of Smarter Balanced states.
  • All but one member state plans to use full suite of summative, interim, and formative.
sustaining smarter balanced
Sustaining Smarter Balanced
  • Working with UCLA/CRESST (National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing) to serve as host and partner for a sustainable Smarter Balanced.
  • Key principles:
      • Retain state led governance of the Consortium (only minor changes to governance structure envisioned).
      • Shared state ownership of the item pool, digital library, and other IP.
      • Smarter Balanced will perform services necessary to maintain quality and comparability of the assessment system; states and their vendors will manage test administration.
support for state messaging implementation
Support for State Messaging & Implementation
  • McKinsey & Co working intensively with California, Michigan, and Iowa to:
      • Create compelling messages about the value of Smarter Balanced
      • Develop a strategic roadmap to implementation focused on policy change, communication with key constituent groups, and major tactical elements (e.g. familiarizing teachers and principals with the assessment system, preparing for a “score cliff,” etc.)
  • Developing a “Playbook” and customizable samples for use by entire Consortium.
      • Workshop held with Maine to test out the applicability of the playbook in a different context.
learn more and stay engaged
Learn More and Stay Engaged

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