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Hi: If a district chooses to use the formative assessment item bank that will be available in Oct 2014 through SBAC, can the assessments created be scored through the SBAC system, or are districts responsible for their own scoring?

Sep 3, 2013 10:02am

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    • Sep 3, 2013 8:17pm

      The summative and interim assessments will be scored, however the other assessments, including classroom-based assessments and those available in the digital library will be teacher scored.

      • Sep 18, 2013 2:14pm

        The Smarter Balanced Assessment System includes optional interim assessments for grades 3-8 and 11. These can be used to benchmark student progress throughout the year, and educators will have the flexibility to administer an assessment on an entire grade’s worth of subject matter or a subset of concepts. Decisions about the timing and frequency of the interim assessments can be made at the local level.

        For both the interim and summative assessments, many items will be scored automatically through the assessment system, including selected-response and technology-enhanced items. Items that cannot be scored automatically will be scored by teachers that have received training with rubrics, examples, and other materials. Each state will develop its own plan for hand-scoring items.

        Formative assessment practices are also an integral component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, The Digital Library is an online collection of resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ( that will help educators use the formative assessment process to adjust teaching to improve student learning. These resources include a series of commissioned assessment literacy and exemplar instructional modules in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. In addition, the library will include professional learning and instructional materials contributed by 2,000 educators. The library will be interactive, allowing users to rate materials and to share their expertise with educators across the country.