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Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report

Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You are a congresswoman’s chief-of-staff and she needs your help coming up with a position on whether a nuclear power plant should be built in the district. These are the kinds of prompts students across the country are being presented with during the first round of Common Core testing this spring. In this example — …
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Testing Overload in America’s Schools

Testing Overload in America’s Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New, more rigorous tests that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards—which serve as guideposts for what students in grades K-12 should know in reading and math—will be administered broadly this school year. The prospect of this expanded rollout has spawned growing concern among teachers over how the results will be used to evaluate teacher and school performance. At the same time, the new tests have generated hope among advocates that the low-quality, fill-in-the-bubble tests that states currently use, and the added assessments that districts require to compensate for them, will finally become a thing of the past.

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Takeaway: The intent is that better designed and more rigorous assessments will replace low end bubble-type assessments thus driving improved student learning outcomes.

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Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Some states don't plan to use the common-core tests being developed by PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests, but still would like to draw on those consortia's item banks to build their own tests. Are the consortia obliged to let them do that? 

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Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests

Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that are not currently planning to use common tests designed by the two consortia.
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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced practice run of assessments aligned to the Common Core in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics consists of two parts. Each “test” reported below is one of the two parts to the ELA or math assessment. At most schools, testing is scheduled in short blocks over several days, so the number of tests completed is expected to be less than the number of tests started in any given day. Learn more about the Field Test.

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Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators

Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced the award of a contract to develop a Digital Library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for educators. Amplify Insight, formerly known asWireless Generation, will work with Consortium member states and teachers to create professional development materials and instructional resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

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Statements by CAST UDL on PARCC and SBAC accommodation guide

Statements by CAST UDL on PARCC and SBAC accommodation guide | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“@KarenJan: CAST's responds PARCC/Smarter Balanced - concerns re assmnts and accoms http://t.co/pLZCpISwwo #edchat #udl #atchat” #satchat


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States reconsider Common Core tests

States reconsider Common Core tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In Michigan, which has seen its share of controversy over the Common Core, Joseph Martineau, the deputy superintendent for accountability services, said the Smarter Balanced exams offer multiple advantages over the current state standardized test, the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP. Smarter Balanced will allow schools to get results in two weeks, compared to about six weeks for the state’s current standardized test, for example. And because the Smarter Balanced exams are different for each student, with computers adjusting the difficulty level of questions based on students’ responses, they can also be administered over a longer period, whereas the previous state tests had to be administered on a single day to prevent cheating.

 

On the MEAP, students might be asked to choose a correct answer from four possible options, whereas on the Common Core test, they would be asked to explain how they arrived at their answer.

 

“One of the major differences between the two is the depth of knowledge that we’re asking students to demonstrate,” Martineau said.

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Tools & Resources for SBAC Field Test Preparation

Tools & Resources for SBAC Field Test Preparation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Students in grades 3-11 will be field testing the new computer-based assessments that are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). California has partnered with 23 states in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) to develop measures that will help educators, students, parents, and communities gauge learning progress in relation to the Common Core Standards.

 

The 2014 Field Test allows schools to “try out the tests.” Students will have hands-on experience with the functionality of computer-based assessments, while teachers and administrators will gain valuable exposure to administration logistics during the trial run. School districts will benefit from learning where technology gaps may exist, so they can fully prepare for the operational assessments scheduled for Spring 2015. No student, school, or district score reports will be produced. Results will not be factored into any state or federal accountability calculations.

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Factsheet for Parents | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Factsheet for Parents | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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Schools Look For Higher Bar With Common Core, But Are The Tests Too Hard?

Schools Look For Higher Bar With Common Core, But Are The Tests Too Hard? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Mike Nelson is director of curriculum and assessment for the Coeur d'Alene School District. He says parents may see proficiency levels go down at first, because students are being asked to clear a higher bar.

 

MIKE NELSON: In my history as an assessment guy, this is a much different test than what we've seen before. And it's a better test. We want kids, yes, that have requisite knowledge, but we want them to apply and use this information for their betterment.

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ROBINSON:  He says teaching to this test, if that's what happens, wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

 

GILLESPIE: Math has always been something that's much more dynamic to me than just memorizing procedures. And so when I was watching this test, and I was seeing what kids were having to do, to me, I was thrilled, because it was - the questions were requiring kids to use the skills that - why I got into math in the first place.

 

PARCC and SBAC, might just be a test worth teaching to - a difficult test that requires higher level thinking.

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Common Core & Reading Ready: Preparing for SBAC

Common Core & Reading Ready: Preparing for SBAC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Like most educators, I am hearing A LOT about preparing students for the Common Core assessments. In California, students in 3-8 and 11th grade will be required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) starting in the 2014-2015 school year. I recommend educators attempt the practice test.
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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
When The Common Core State Standards initiative was first announced there was a collective eye roll amongst veteran teachers. There have been so many shifts in pedagogical theory and practice over the years that nobody really thought these national learning goals would come to fruition. And then they did.
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10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

According to Chief Technology Officer Brandt Redd, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium saw “significantly” fewer problems than it had expected during its spring 2014 field tests. “Things went more smoothly than our expectations,” said Redd. “We didn't have any systemwide issues; issues that happened tended to be isolated." That lack of major issues was in large part due to the efforts of educators all over the country who put in the time to make sure everything would work before nearly 5 million students showed up to take the field tests — whether for Smarter Balanced, PARCC or one of the alternative state online initiatives. The lessons that the field testers learned last spring can help you prepare so that your school or district's experience with the real deal goes as smoothly as possible.

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Interim Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Interim Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.

 

The interim assessments are one of the three major components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System—along with the end-of-year summative assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and a Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices that supports classroom instruction.

 

Teachers can use the interim assessments throughout the year to gauge student progress toward mastery of the skills measured by the summative assessment and to assess targeted concepts at strategic points during the school year.

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Common Core testing group announces timeline for exam delivery

Common Core testing group announces timeline for exam delivery | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia designing Common Core tests, on Friday announced its timeline for delivering key components of its assessment system to states for use in the 2014-15 school year.

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Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments.
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Although that ship has sailed for students and teachers in Indiana, field test feedback is beginning to stream in.

 

"Field-testing of two multistate online assessments is going more smoothly than many educators had expected, despite technological glitches in the coast-to-coast experiment. And even though the exams, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, are still in the tryout phase, they are proving tougher than the ones students are used to taking."

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"The tests are hard".

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Putting Common Core Tests to the Test | TNTP

Putting Common Core Tests to the Test | TNTP | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This week, states will begin field testing the new, Common Core-aligned assessments developed by two state-led groups, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These new tests look different than what we’re used to, and have tremendous potential to address many of the biggest problems with standardized tests. It’s critical that we stay focused on the long game here, because in the short-term, implementation is going to get messy.

 
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Assistive Tech for Testing Merges Into Mainstream

Assistive Tech for Testing Merges Into Mainstream | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The growing use of computer-based assessments is opening the doors for all students to tap into accommodations once reserved primarily for students with disabilities.
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The Significance of Idaho's New Double-Testing Waiver

The Significance of Idaho's New Double-Testing Waiver | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

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This week Idaho won a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to allow all of its schools to field test new common-core-aligned tests this spring. Although the department has approved more than a dozen of these so-called "double-testing" waivers before, Idaho is only the second state, in addition to Montana, to win approval to give the field test in all of its schools.

Why is this important? Because for one year, Idaho will not be required by federal officials to report any data to teachers, administrators, and parents on how students are performing—a hallmark of the No Child Left Behind law. And, this approval is important because it could set a precedent for a decision coming soon from the department on California, which also wants to ditch its state tests entirely so it can give only field tests designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. 

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Smarter Balanced assessments: A big moment for our schools

Smarter Balanced assessments: A big moment for our schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

 I began my career as an inner-city elementary teacher because I was dedicated to helping students succeed. Listening to them and helping them improve to meet their goals was at the heart of my work. Today, as the executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, I feel that passion more deeply than at any point in my career. This is a big moment for our schools—a moment in which we can deliver a system of tools that will help teachers and parents truly understand where students are excelling and more clearly identify where they need help.

 

We will not—and cannot—create a world-class assessment system in isolation. We have the privilege of working with educators and experts across our member states to craft an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards that will measure where students are on their path to success. These new assessments will provide an “academic checkup” by measuring real-world skills like critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, they will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a clearer picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help.

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ELA Instruction and Assessment using Common Core

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Assessment and Instruction in the Era of the CCSS in English Language Arts

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Presentation slides summarize key points of shifts in instruction and assessments.

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Grade 6-8 Smarter Balanced Field Test Video

This brief student video gives key information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test, where to find the online practice test, and how to get additio... (RT @RaeFearing: Grade 6-8 Smarter Balanced Field Test Video - Share with your students!

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State of Delaware - Assessment Aligned to the Common Core State Standards

State of Delaware - Assessment Aligned to the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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Smarter Balanced Item Samplers  Zip files that contain item samplers for all grades organized by claims.  The assessment tasks consist of short constructed response, extended constructed response, performance tasks, and technology enhanced items.  You can also access the item samplers, by grade level, below.


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