Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Math Common Core Assessments Review

The following is from Associate Superintendent Judy Park at USOE asking for your input on the Common Core State Standards Math Assessments.  Go to the link and look at the light blue box on the right side of the page.  You must complete the input survey by Monday, September 19.

Dear Colleagues,

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has released the Consortium’s draft content specifications for math for review. The contents of this document describe the extent of the consortium’s current development to specify critically important claims about student learning that are derived from the Common Core State Standards.  When finalized, these claims will serve as the basis for the Consortium’s system of summative and interim assessments and its formative assessment support for teachers. 

Open and transparent decision-making is one of the Consortium’s central principles.  This draft of the math content specifications is being made available for comment consistent with that principle, and all responses to this work will be considered as it continues to be refined.   Like the ELA/literacy content specifications released earlier this month, organizations and interested stakeholders will have two opportunities to comment on the math document. Feedback on the first draft of the math content specifications will be accepted through September 19 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time). A revised draft will be released in October.

In addition to an official state response that is being prepared, we strongly encourage you to provide your individual/group survey response through the link below.   Your input is essential to ensure that Utah’s voice is considered in the final product. 

Once finalized, the content specifications for math and ELA/literacy will serve as the basis for the SMARTER Balanced system of summative and interim assessments and its formative assessment support for teachers.

The math content specifications materials are available at: Instructions on how to provide feedback through online surveys for both individual reviewers and groups, and a link to the math content specifications webinar, are posted at the same location soon.

SMARTER Balanced is committed to keeping our partners and stakeholders informed about the Consortium’s work, and to providing opportunities for input.
Thank you for your support as we continue to collaborate on the development of our assessment system.

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