Professional Development


Provide organization and support for statewide implementation of balanced assessment systems.

Support and professional development activities for 2013-2014 have been designed to achieve the following goals.

Goals for Assessment Professional Development
  1. Increase understanding of assessment literacy resulting in high-quality data for
  2. Support skilled use of classroom formative assessment to guide instruction and enhance implementation of the Idaho Core Standards and new assessment system.
  3. Make optimal use of Schoolnet tools to the degree that student achievement is impacted.

Formative Assessment Program Project

Smarter Balanced calls for an assessment system that is balanced between summative, interim and formative assessment.

Idaho SDE is offering an intensive course in formative assessment for those districts that have prioritized improvement in formative assessment instructional practice as part of their Idaho Core Standards implementation. This course is school embedded professional development and is facilitated in collaborative teacher teams and the classroom. Facilitators for each school will attend out of district workshops on how to support the on-going implementation within their school teams. Participation requires a two- year commitment and there are varying levels of support and customization based on how a district would like to participate. In collaboration with Mid-Central Comprehensive Center Margaret Heritage, nationally recognized consultant and author, was a primary author of The Formative Assessment Program. Margaret is the Assistant Director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Margaret Heritage and Northwest Comprehensive Center are providing support to us on this project.

Participation expenses are covered. To find out more details about the project and how to participate please attend the Informational Webinar on October 30.

The timeline is as follows:

Informational Webinar: October 30, 2013 4:00PM Mountain Time
Registration Web Link:
District Letter of Intent Due: November 15, 2013
Kick Off with Margaret Heritage: December 17, 2013
Program begins in districts/schools: January 2014

The Idaho Core Standards Through the Lens of Smarter Balanced Assessment

Implications for Instruction Webinars: Connecting the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics 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 increased numbers of students who are well prepared for post-secondary education opportunities and the workforce. The Implication for Instruction Webinars look closely at the standards as defined by the Smarter Balanced, Math Content Specifications and examines the implications for classroom instruction. For more information please click button below.

Implications for Instruction Webinars

The Power of Assessment Webinar Series

Interactive Webinars. A 12-Module Assessment Literacy Series has been designed that will support district and regional professional development. Topics include: Understanding formative and interim assessment, providing student feedback, grading, understanding and writing learning targets, target-method match, assessment item writing guidelines, resources for implementing Common Core standards and preparing for Smarter Balanced Assessments.

This webinar series supports as well as introduces the conceptual framework for balanced assessment systems that has been introduced this year through district and regional professional development sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education and provided by the Assessment Training Institute.

If you have previously taken part in assessment literacy professional development, it will serve as an excellent refresher and also provide new learning with more depth and clarity.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium emphasizes the need for Formative, Interim and Summative assessment working together to improve instruction for students.

This webinar series supports the goals outlined by the department for Formative and Interim support.

All webinars in this series have been recorded and are available at: Associated activity materials will also be available at that link.

Each webinar session is 1 hour with 15 minutes prior to start for log-on, and 15 minutes following the session for questions and chat. The webinar series is available for credit through Boise State University.


Author and National Speaker,
Tom Schimmer
Facilitated by:
Nancy Thomas Price, SDE Coordinator of
Formative & Interim Assessment
Intended Audience:
Building Administration, Classroom Teachers,
District Administration

Formative Assessment Resources & Activities are made possible by a grant from the Joseph & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and are part of the ISEE Implementation. * ISEE Phase II Grant Sites are given priority for some professional development offerings.