"States indicated that they wanted teachers involved early on."
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is finalizing the master work plan for the online bank of formative resources it will create for teachers.
Teacher involvement - "state networks of educators"
- A projected 90 teachers from each member state—will be in on the ground level, along with state leadership teams and a national advisory panel of experts on formative assessment, according to the current draft of the master work plan.
- A team of teachers that will craft quality criteria policies that will shape what does—and doesn't—get into this bank of resources. In their feedback on the draft plan, states indicated that they wanted teachers involved early on in helping develop and curate the things that will be included in the bank of resources.
- While such teacher involvement has always been envisioned, the consortium made a point of moving it earlier in the process in response to that feedback.
- Sample instructional modules are being developed. 52 modules, which include "lesson plans, templates, curriculum resources, evidence collection tools, teacher analysis, descriptive feedback strategies and follow-up planning." Each module will include guidance for teachers on how to scaffold material for students, as well as links to informational texts that might prove useful, and protocols on how to analyze student work.