Connecting the Idaho Core Standards for Math and the Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Consortium's Theory of Action calls for full integration of the learning and assessment systems, leading to more informed decision making and higher quality instruction, and ultimately to increase the number of students who are well prepared for post-secondary education opportunities and the workforce. The Implications for Instruction Webinars and the 2013 Summer Institute of Next Practices Workshop looks closely at the standards, as defined by the Smarter Balanced Math Content Specifications, and examines the implications for classroom instruction.


button Implications for Instruction Webinars

Due to a significant amount of information, the webinar was divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the Mathematics Content Specifications for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and how the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) aligns to the assessment targets, and how the content specifications can guide instruction. Part II focuses on the Math Item Specifications for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, as well as, looking at the item types on the assessment. Part II also goes over how a closer look at the item specifications can guide instruction.

Below, you will find the recordings of the live webinar sessions and the documents that are referenced during the webinars. At the minimum, please skim through the documents before viewing the webinar. Familiarity with the documents is essential for the understanding of the material presented. Also included are the note-taking documents for both webinars and the Power Points for district professional development needs.

Webinar Documents
Part I
Part II

button 2013 Next Practices Workshop: Connecting the ICS-M and the SBAC

In this highly engaging, hands-on workshop, connections between the Idaho Content Standards for math and the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications, for the related assessment, is determined. Through close analysis of Smarter Balanced item specifications and sample items, educators will be able to determine item alignment with Assessment Claims and Targets, the Cognitive Rigor Matrix, and the content standards, while modeling good formative assessment strategies. Discussion around the implications for instruction is guaranteed, as educators discover the evidence of student learning as outlined in the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications.

If you would like to replicate this workshop in part or full, at the district or school level, please find the needed documents and activities below.

Workshop Documents
Workshop Power Point
Workshop Activities

Progressive Activity

Final Activity


button ISMTC Webinar: Connecting the ICS-M & the SBAC - Archived

The Smarter Balanced Consortium's Theory of Action calls for full integration of the learning and assessment systems, leading to more informed decision making and higher quality instruction, and ultimately to increase the number of students who are well prepared for post-secondary education opportunities and the workforce. This webinar opportunity looks closely at the standards, as defined by the Smarter Balanced Math Content Specifications, and examines the implications for classroom instruction.

Webinar Documents

The Idaho Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) and the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications for Mathematics will be referenced throughout the live webinar and the pre-recording. Please have the documents on hand, either in an electronic or hard copy form, when viewing both. The documents are below. Also provided, is a copy of Power Point for the live webinar.

Pre-Webinar Recording

Prior to participating in the live webinar, please watch the pre-webinar recording below, which will provide viewers with the prerequisite knowledge on the ICS-M and the Mathematical Practices, needed to understand how they support and inform the Smarter Balanced Content Specification for the new assessment.

Webinar Recording

Post-Webinar Recording

After participating in the live webinar, please watch the post-webinar recording below. The post-webinar recording provides viewers with knowledge on how to navigate the Smarter Balanced website, in order to retrieve Smarter Balanced items aligned to the ICS-M (CCSS) and Mathematical Practices, as well as, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Claims and Targets for Mathematics. The recording also goes over several online websites that house educational resources for educators.

Post-Webinar Activity

After participating in the post-recording, educators can work with their newly acquired knowledge by participating in a post-webinar activity in either educator teams or individually. Please access the Power Point below for instructions for the post-webinar activity. The activity worksheets and answer sheets are also provided below.



Nancy Thomas Price
Coordinator – Formative & Interim Assessment
nthomasprice@sde.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-6988

Nichole K. Hall
Coordinator – English Proficiency & College Assessment
nhall@sde.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-6933