2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares some insight into the new assessment items released by SBAC and PARCC. She reveals her enthusiasm for the items because she sees them as validation of good instruction. She highlights the “instructional shifts” (minute 12:45) as evidence of a move away from a narrow skill-based curriculum to stronger classroom practices. She continues by reviewing several items including: 10th grade at minute 13:59, 3rd grade at minute 15:57, 7th grade at 17:27, 11th at 19:05 and 6th grade at 22:02. A big feature of the items is the emphasis on evidence and the value of developing a coherent body of knowledge. You can download the webinar here.
SBAC sample items can be found here.
PARCC sample items can be reviewed here.