Category Archives: SBAC

Accessing Sample Assessment Items

Green Bay Area Public School District Assessment Coordinator, Stephen Miller, has posted a Youtube video describing how educators can access sample SBAC assessment items. If you are having any difficulty navigating the Smarter Balanced website, Miller’s brief three minute and … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: Accessing the SBAC Training Test

Last week I posted a link to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s training test (here). If you are having any trouble accessing the test, you can watch this 90-second tutorial, uploaded by Jeff Gerlach, demonstrating how to get started

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Practice the SBAC Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has posted a practice test for the Common Core State Standards. By clicking here, you can login using the default username and password, and experience the new assessment as a student would. There are assessments … Continue reading

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SBAC eNewsletter

If you are trying to stay current with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, you may want to take advantage of their eNewsletter. You can subscribe here and keep track of SBAC’s progress on the CCSS and the next-generation assessments.

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The CCSS and Evidenced-Centered Design

If you are trying to understand how SBAC and PARCC will be assessing students in 2014-2015, the following webinar by Alliance for Excellent Education, provides a number of answers. Joan Herman, at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains Evidenced-Centered Design … Continue reading

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SBAC ELA Rubrics

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released writing rubrics for the Common Core State Standards. You will find rubrics for narrative, opinion, and informative-explanatory writing. You can download them here.

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How to Prepare for the Common Assessments

The Executive Director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Joe Wilhoft, moves educators through the coming assessment at the National Summit on Education Reform (minute 11:55). He notes that about 30% of a teacher’s time is spent working on assessment and SBAC … Continue reading

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Joe Willhoft: “Leading the Way”

Principal Leadership posted a piece on how to prepare for the next-generation assessments that are associated with the Common Core. Joe Willhoft, the executive director of SBAC, authors the article and he signals what resources will soon be available for … Continue reading

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Linking Instruction and Assessment

During the Hug Vertical meeting, we facilitated a conversation linking the “instructional shifts” and SBAC, to sound assessment and classroom practices. Explicit in the message is that the shifts enable us to reach the standards, the coming 2014-2015 assessment and materials … Continue reading

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Sample Items and Performance Tasks, Released

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has posted sample items and performance tasks matched to the “rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy” standards in Common Core. Likewise, the sample items can be used by educators “to begin planning … Continue reading

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