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Has the SBAC website released exemplar questions that are organized by standard?

Sep 17, 2013 2:46pm

Our teachers are interested in locating exemplar SBAC questions by standard. They have had to sift through questions to find the correct standards and then fashion them to suit their needs. Has this been completed?

  • English Language Arts / Math
  • Pre K-8
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 17, 2013 6:04pm

      I haven't seen them organized like that yet. I like that idea.

      I have done some of what you are describing above in grades 3 and 4 for math: sift through the questions, align it the standard. I do think there is value in that process as it makes you deconstruct the standard, think about its essence and its subtleties. It's a process that brings the teacher deeper understanding of the content. But, it does take time.

      • Sep 19, 2013 5:29pm

        Thanks for your question. Smarter Balanced has not released sample questions organized by standard. The Practice Tests ( are organized by grade level and content area.

        The Consortium made this decision because the Practice Tests are designed to allow teachers, students, and parents to experience the features of online testing—including the test delivery system, accessibility tools, and a range of item types. They do encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Field Test or on the operational assessments, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions.

        We recognize that educators are looking for information about the design of the assessment system, and there are resources available that provide insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess the Common Core. For example, the preliminary test blueprints provide information about the number of items, depth of knowledge of those items, and the item types a student is likely to see in a given content category (reading literary text, for example). The preliminary blueprints are available here:

        In addition, the ELA/literacy and mathematics content specifications provide information about the standards that make up each assessment target. These documents are online here: