[Curriculum Directors] Request for Feedback on SBAC Item Writing Specifications and Guidelines

Park, Judy Judy.Park at schools.utah.gov
Fri Mar 2 08:34:28 MST 2012

Dear District/School Representative and/or interested public:

I'm pleased to let you know that there is one last opportunity for the public (including teachers and administrators) to review and provide feedback on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium item writing specifications and guidelines.  These are documents that the Consortium will use to develop test items for the assessment.  The review window opened on February 28 and closes March 16.

This gives individuals in Utah an excellent opportunity to:

*       further their understanding of the CCSS and how it can be assessed

*       gain insight into the Smarter Balanced assessment system

*       be involved and provide feedback into to the development process.

All the documents and a review survey are available via the Smarter Balanced web site.   A link to the documents and survey form are posted at www.smarterbalanced.org<http://www.smarterbalanced.org/>.   Reviews must be completed by March 16.

For your reference, here are some suggestions for the kinds of individuals who might be appropriate to review each of the draft documents.

 *   Accessibility & Accommodations Guidelines:  Teachers and Specialists for Students with Disabilities and/or English Language Learners or administrators who run programs for these students.
 *   Bias & Sensitivity Guidelines:  Individuals interested in the range of student diversity (personal characteristics such as race/ethnicity, disability, religion, etc.)
 *   ELA Specifications:  English Department Chairs/Faculty
 *   Math Specifications:  Math Department Chairs/Faculty
 *   Performance Task Specs :  Both English and Math Chairs/Faculty
 *   Stimulus Specs:  Both English and Math Chairs/Faculty
 *   Style Guide:  Editors and publishers of academic materials
 *   Technology Enhanced Item Specifications: Both English and Math Chairs/Faculty and those working with information technology
Reviewers who have a familiarity with the Common Core State Standards (available at www.corestandards.org<http://www.corestandards.org>) will be best able to provide informed commentary on the ELA, Math, Performance Task and Stimulus Specifications.  The Smarter Balanced content specifications (available at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/) are also important background reading for reviewers.

Thank you in advance for your efforts to ensure that these assessments benefit from the perspectives and expertise of faculty and administrators in Utah.

Judy W. Park, Ed.D.
Utah State Office of Education
Associate Superintendent
Student Services and Federal Programs

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