Smarter Balanced Symposium Presentation on 2.11.15 – “Smarter and More Balanced Leadership: Vision and Capacity Building”
Welcome aboard! In this session we will be leveraging the new assessment system to deepen a shared vision and build capacity of teachers and principals. Don’t worry – we will not just be taking a 30,000 foot view of Smarter Balanced Assessments. We are going to depart with practical tools and ways to lead professional learning around Smarter Balanced Assessments in our systems.
Learning Target: We are leveraging the new assessment system to enact a shared vision and build capacity.
- anchor leadership moves to my core values and vision.
- build capacity around Smarter Balanced Assessments using a teaching and learning stance.
- reflect on my practice and leadership.
- PowerPoint of session presentation
- SBA mini-lessons
- Article “How and how not to prepare students for the new tests”
- Smarter Balanced letter to instructional leaders
There is a lot to learn and think about around our new standards and testing. As leaders, we want to be on the forefront of this so we can facilitate learning, instruction and assessments well in our schools. We can’t lead what we don’t know!
Below is a series of mini-lessons we will engage in as learners to develop our own expertise, then we can lead them within our schools.
- Each is designed to be about 20 minutes so they may be worked into a staff meeting.
- They are intentionally ordered to build on each other.
- SBAC tools and resources are strategically embedded in the lessons so they are parceled out and shared in context of learning. Most resources links are posted under the corresponding lesson success critera.
- They are designed to support learning rather than test prep. For example, by the time we explore tools at the end (test specs, targets and blueprints), they will be more than test question stems or forms; we will have engaged in sense-making around WHY and HOW these are powerful learning and instruction pieces.
Here is the draft trajectory of learning.
1. Big Picture: Summary of SBAC core components, assessment system, and Orting’s vision for how these pieces work together
2. Portions of the SBA: Describes the CAT, classroom activity, and performance task and the relationship between them
3. Claims: Learn how SBAC will be reported, and connect new learning (claims for SBAC) to prior knowledge (shifts and practices for CCSS)
4. Depth of Knowledge: Analyze released items using math and ELA cognitive rigor matrices, and notice cognitive demand of SBAC item types
5. Practice test: Read an article that emphasizes learning versus test prep, understand distinction of training test versus practice test, practice keyboard commands while engaging in practice test, and drill into scoring guide (including claims and Dok)
6. Specifications, Targets and Blueprints
7. Achievement Level Descriptors, Reporting and Using Scores: Learn how SBA will be reported, unpack ALDs, explore projected scores, and use SBA scores with students to chart their path
8. Implementing a Balanced Assessment System: Provides resources to support implementation of summative assessments, interim assessments and Digital Library
9. Other Resources
Mini-Lesson 1: Big Picture
Learning target: I can describe the Smarter Balanced assessment system and make connections to Orting’s assessment system.
- Identify assessments for accountability and graduation
- Compare the summary and three graphics of a balanced assessment system
- Make connections to Orting’s assessment system
- Orting’s assessment system (link coming soon)
- Create talking points to explain projected scores for spring 2015 to various audiences
- Who set SBAC cut scores? What is the projected student performance on SBAC? Check out this interactive info graphic.
Mini-Lesson 2: Portions of the SBA
Learning Target: I can describe each portion of the SBA, its purpose, and how the pieces of SBA relate to each other.
- Explain the purpose of each of the pieces of the SBA and how they relate to each other.
- Describe each portion of the SBA.
- Argumentative [pdf]
- Informative-Explanatory [pdf]
- Narrative [pdf]
- Informative-Explanatory [pdf]
- Note implementation considerations.
Mini-Lesson 3: Claims
Learning Target: I can make connections between SBAC claims and Common Core State Standards.
- Explain how claims relate to how the SBAC will be reported.
- Video clip on how SBAC will be reported
- Connect new learning (claims for SBAC) to prior knowledge (shifts and practices for CCSS)
Mini-Lesson 4: Depth of Knowledge
Learning Target: I can use cognitive rigor matrices to analyze instruction and design assessment items and tasks.
- Use prior knowledge of Bloom’s (revised) Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to make sense of the cognitive rigor Matrices.
- Sort items and tasks using the cognitive rigor matrices.
- Identify types of items on the SBA and make connections to DOK.
Mini-Lesson 5: Practice Test
Learning Target: I can engage with the practice test to explore student tools, item analysis, and consider implications for instruction.
- Reframe my thinking about “test prep.”
- Distinguish the practice test from the training test.
- Explore student tools.
- Take the practice test.
- Analyze items and consider implications for instruction.
Mini-Lesson 6: Specifications, Targets and Blueprints
- ELA/Literacy content specifications for all claims and assessment targets and item types
- Math content specifications
- ELA test blueprint
- Math test blueprint
- How to read SBA item specifications
- CAT and PT test specifications (link)
Mini-Lesson 7: Achievement Level Descriptors, Reporting and Use of Scores
Learning Target: I can explain scores and reporting for SBA and how scores may be used to support students.
- Explain how SBA will be reported.
- Unpack achievement level descriptors
- Communicate projected scores for 2014-2015
- Use scores to support students.
Mini-Lesson 8: Implementing a Balanced Assessment System
- Interim Comprehensive Assessments and Interim Assessment Blocks Handout
- Interim Assessment Blocks list and availability
- Interim hand scoring training PowerPoint
- Interim teacher hand scoring how-to (Bethel)
Learning target: I can explain WHAT the Smarter Balanced Digital Library is, WHY it is useful, and HOW to navigate it.
- Handout for the Digital Library
- Getting Started (OSPI PPT)
- Finding Resources (OSPI PPT)
- Navigating Resources (OSPI PPT)
- Orting communication about Digital Library release
- SBA scheduling considerations and tool
- Orting testing filters and scheduling considerationsOrting SBA and MSP planning calendars 2015
- Orting scheduling online SBA and MSP 2015 (revised from Puyallup)
9: Other Resources:
(Note: Many resources are strategically embedded in the mini-lessons rather than listed here.)
- OSPI Smarter Balanced Website
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Website
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP Portal)
- Sample Items and Performance Tasks FAQs |Download
- Scoring guides for ELA full-writes
- Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations (8.14)
- Tools, Supports and Accommodations (12.14)
- Tools, Supports and Accommodations Synopsis (1.15.15)
- Appendix – Tools, supports and accommodations
- Step-by-step directions for putting designated supports in TIDE
- Q&A (from portal)
- Smarter Balanced test refusal form
- Orting FAQ for teacher administrators (TAs)