Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Smarter Balance Test Items

Smarter Balance has released sample items and performance tasks for their version of the Common Core assessments:

"The samples include nearly 50 assessment items and performance tasks, including examples of innovative, technology-enhanced items that take advantage of computer-based administration to assess a deeper understanding of content and skills than would otherwise be possible with traditional item types. In addition, sample performance tasks showcase the extended classroom-based activities students will experience as part of the Smarter Balanced assessment system.

“Performance tasks ask students to research and analyze information, weigh evidence, and solve problems relevant to the real world, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an authentic way,” said Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University and senior research advisor for Smarter Balanced. “The Smarter Balanced assessment system uses performance tasks to measure skills valued by higher education and the workplace—critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—that are not adequately assessed by most statewide assessments today.”

Pretty cool look at the technology and the depth of questions.  This is a whole new world in assessment  - best interface I have seen in a testing platform! 

When I explain to people why I think that Common Core will succeed it is because of the assessments. No one state will ever have $150 million to create the absolute best state-of-the-art assessments so these will always be far superior in assessment student learning.