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Smarter Balanced Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it

Smarter Balanced Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student AssessmentsMore than one million students slated to participate in first large-scale trial of online tests aligned to the Common Core State StandardsOLYMPIA, Wash. – February 20, 2013 – Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) today began administering a Pilot Test of the assessment system in schools across the country. The Pilot Test is the first of two large-scale tryouts of the assessments prior to implementation in the 2014-15 school year. Through the Pilot Test, Smarter Balanced will gather information about the performance of assessment items and the test delivery system under real-world conditions. Participation in the Pilot Test is voluntary for schools. Smarter Balanced recruited approximately 6,000 schools as part of a scientific sample to ensure that data from the Pilot Test fully represents the Consortium. However, all schools in Smarter Balanced member states may register to participate in the volunteer portion by March 27. Additional information about the Pilot Test and a registration survey for schools is available on the Smarter Balanced website: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/. ; “The Pilot Test marks an important milestone on the road to developing next-generation assessments that teachers and parents can use to improve student learning,” said Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Washington is a Smarter Balanced Governing State and the fiscal agent for the 24-state consortium. “Washington is participating in this effort because the successful implementation of Smarter Balanced assessments is a critical part of our plan to ensure that all students graduate high school ready for college and careers.” The Pilot Test will be conducted in grades 3-11 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. While the Pilot Test will be administered online, it will not include the computer adaptive feature designed for the operational assessment in 2014-15. Data from the Pilot Test will allow Smarter Balanced to conduct initial scaling that will be used to program the adaptive test engine. Schools recruited as part of the scientific sample will administer one content area (either mathematics or ELA/literacy) in up to two grades. Schools that sign up to participate in the volunteer phase will have the flexibility to administer one or both content areas of the assessment to individual classrooms, full grades, or multiple grades. “Students participating in the Pilot Test will experience innovative assessment items and performance tasks that assess the depth and breadth of the Common Core State Standards,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., executive director of Smarter Balanced. “This information will contribute to the development of thousands of additional assessment items and performance tasks that will be administered as part of the Field Test in early 2014 and will become part of the operational assessment system in the 2014-15 school year.” The Pilot Test is designed to be a test of the items and performance tasks—not an opportunity to report on student learning—and schools participating in the Pilot Test will not receive student scores. Prior to taking the Pilot Test, students will have the opportunity to take a training test to become familiar with the format of the assessment. Smarter Balanced content experts worked collaboratively with K-12 teachers and higher education faculty from Governing States to write and review items and performance tasks that appear in the Pilot Test. In addition, Smarter Balanced conducted more than 900 cognitive labs around the country in 2012. Through these one-on-one sessions, students provided valuable feedback on innovative item types, the test interface, and accessibility features. Small-scale trials in more than 500 schools in 23 states also provided critical information for the development of the Pilot Test. ###

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SCHOOLS: Common Core to require more re-reading

SCHOOLS: Common Core to require more re-reading | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it
Third-grader Christian Guerrero reads along as teacher Denise Miller reads to her class at Vail Elementary School in Temecula in August. New Common Core State Standards will require students to read and re-read more, ...
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text dependent questions | Common Core and ELLs

text dependent questions | Common Core and ELLs | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it
Posts about text dependent questions written by Diane Staehr Fenner
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Core Shift Blast 10: TDQs

Text-dependent questions are the focus of Core Shift Blast 10. Explicit connections are made with this instructional shift and the Basal Alignment Project and the coming assessments. Linnea Wolters...
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Aaron Grossman's comment, March 7, 2013 5:23 PM
Hi Robin. Love the scoopit topic you've started (and thanks for linking to the blog). Would you email and talk about a collaboration? Thanks Aaron. agrossman@washoeschools.net
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Common Core Templates to Facilitate Transitioning to the CCSS

Common Core Templates to Facilitate Transitioning to the CCSS | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it
Recently, I have been working with teachers who are transitioning to the CCSS.  Here are some forms and some examples of how they can be used.  More will come later as our work develops. This is being written for 10th grade students.

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What is "Close" Reading?

What is "Close" Reading? | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it
Close reading is the idea that students will re-read certain texts in order 

Close reading is purposefully reading a text while paying attention to the author’s word choice, sentence structure, and devices used to embed layers of meaning within. It involves reading the same text multiple times, each time studying a different aspect to encourage the reader to analyze what and why the author did what he did to communicate the point.


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Claire Williams's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:43 PM

Close reading is when someone mostly students reread text to better understand it. Although this is a very straight forward topic tis article suggests that each time oyu read the text oyu search for differnt things so you can better understand what the autor is trying to say.

Judy Beemer's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:01 AM

The questions to ask when doing a second reading are especially helpful.

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Common Core, education's front-end alignment

Common Core, education's front-end alignment | Common Core Text Dependent Questions | Scoop.it

Common Core is the first major reform initiative to deal with the front end of education -- the substance of what actually is being taught in the classroom, instead of focusing solely on student performance on standardized tests (although testing...


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Common Core State Standards Initiative | English Language Arts Standards | Introduction | Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, & Language

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Vocabulary Lessons

Literacyhead is a resource for reading and writing lessons that use visual art to different instruction and engage all kinds of learners.
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