Designed to provide ongoing and consistent professional development that replicates the highly successful face-to-face workshops delivered in summer 2012, these five discrete but interlocking modules provide a coherent, detailed regimen of activities for use in districts that includes resources, goals, objectives, strategies, and detailed notes for trainers. They begin with activities and strategies for orientation to the common core and move through beginning stages of lesson and unit planning.
Created by SBAC to help train item writers, these short modules discuss many facets of the SBAC assessment development model, Evidence Centered Design, detailing many important considerations including universal design principles, bias and sensitivity, and considerations particular to mathematics or ELA/ Reading.
At this site view current draft SBAC Sample items by grade level to gauge level of expectation and preview the various items types that will be part of the summative test that will replace ISAT in 2014-15. Idea: Consider test driving a performance task in your class, school, or district: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/
For examples of the type of complex performance tasks being designed, visit the New York Regents site for released tests and view the Comprehensive ELA Test for high school, a test where students complete several rich and challenging performance pieces: Click Here