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1 The Smarter Balanced Assessment System Joe Willhoft, Ph.D. Executive Director NCES Summer Forum on Education Statistics Washington, DC July 10,2012

2 A Next Generation of Assessments Rigorous assessment of progress toward “college and career readiness” Common cut scores across all Consortium states Provide both achievement and growth information Valid, reliable, and fair for all students, except those with “significant cognitive disabilities” Administered online Use multiple measures Operational in 2014-15 school year US Dept. of Ed has funded two consortia of states with development grants for new assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards (Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 pp. 18171-85) 2

3 A State-led Consortium 3

4 A National Consortium of States 27 states representing 43% of K-12 students 22 governing, 5 advisory states Washington state is fiscal agent WestEd provides project management services Page 4

5 Assessment System Design 5

6 A Balanced Assessment System Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness All students leave high school college and career ready Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for actionable feedback Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness Teacher resources for formative assessment practices to improve instruction Page 6

7 Summative Assessments for Accountability Built on solid technology Coverage of full breadth/depth of Common Core Precise assessment of all students Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Portion Deeper learning with thematic and scenario-based tasks Real-world problems aligned to Common Core PT scores combined with CAT for overall score Performance Task (PT) Portion K-12, higher ed, business, and policymakers part of decision-making Broad review of “Achievement Level Descriptors” Field testing includes PISA, TIMSS, NAEP items Longitudinal data systems used for triangulation Setting Performance Standards (Cut Scores) ✔ Page 7

8 Interim Assessments to Signal Improvement Non-Secure Timing and frequency are locally determined Interim test-builder creates aligned assessments Flexible Teachers can match assessments with scope and sequence Teachers can review student responses Teachers can score student responses Supports Proficiency Based Instruction Includes full range of item types Uses the same scale as the Summative Assessment Includes performance assessments Authentic Measures Page 8 ✔

9 Summative and Interim Use of Computer Adaptive Technology Turnaround time is significantly reduced Faster results Fewer questions compared to fixed form tests Shorter test length Improved measures of student growth over time Increased precision Item difficulty based on student responses Tailored to student ability Large item pool means not all students receive the same questions Greater security GMAT, GRE, COMPASS (ACT), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Mature technology Page 9 ✔ ✔

10 Formative Tools for Classroom- Based Assessment Practices Tools/materials for Classroom-based Assessments Fully aligned to Common Core State Standards Available for in-service and pre-service development Improving Instruction Access to the best resources available Collaborate with other states on special projects Professional social networking across the Consortium Tools to evaluate publishers’ tests Pooling Resources Page 10 ✔

11 A Balanced Assessment System School Year Last 12 weeks of the year* DIGITAL CLEARINGHOUSE of formative tools, processes and exemplars; released items and tasks; model curriculum units; educator training; professional development tools and resources; scorer training modules; and teacher collaboration tools. English Language Arts and Mathematics, Grades 3-8 and High School Computer Adaptive Assessment and Performance Tasks Computer Adaptive Assessment and Performance Tasks Scope, sequence, number and timing of interim assessments locally determined *Time windows may be adjusted based on results from the research agenda and final implementation decisions. ELA/Literacy Computer adaptive items and tasks Performance events Re-take option Mathematics Computer adaptive items and tasks Performance events Optional Interim Assessment Optional Interim Assessment Page 11

12 Timeline and Progress 12

13 IT Readiness Smarter Balanced and PARCC partnered to develop an IT Readiness Tool for states and districts First data collection completed June 30 Analysis of first collection available in August Second data collection in Fall 2012 Coordinated through each state’s State Readiness Coordinator (SRC) Page 13

14 Logical Component Diagram System Architecture – Phase 1 Report www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/ 14

15 Smarter Balanced Architecture Reports www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced- assessments/technology/ Assessment System Architecture and Technology Phase I Report Enterprise Architecture Governance Plan Draft Smarter Balanced Quality Assurance Approach Instructions for iPad Installation of the Smarter Balanced Architecture Application Jan. 23 Webinar Page 15

16 Architecture Review Board Oversees ongoing development of IT systems architecture and recommends technology standards to the Consortium Karl Buchanan Wasatch School District, UT Bonnie Edwards Chancellors Office, California Community Colleges Phil Emer North Carolina State University John Fleischman Sacramento County Office of Education Glenn Gorton Michigan Department of Education Richard Halverson University of Wisconsin, Madison Martin Horejsi University of Montana Xiaobing Hou Central Connecticut University Josh Klein Oregon Department of Education Rodney Okamoto California Department of Education Brenda Williams West Virginia Department of Education David Wu Hawaii Department of Education Jason Young Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 16

17 Field Test 37,000 Items/Tasks Major Milestones All-Call for Pilot Testing Cognitive Labs & Field Trials IT Readiness (Round 1) IT Readiness (Round 1) Interim & Formative Available for Use Operational Summative Assessment Set Performance Standards (Cut Scores) Verify Performance Standards Pilot of 10,000 Items/Tasks Item/Task Writing Begins IT Readiness (Round 2) IT Readiness (Round 2) All-Call for Field Testing State Educator Teams Begin IT Readiness (Round 3) IT Readiness (Round 3) Page 17

18 Find Out More Find us at: SmarterBalanced.org Page 18


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