Technology enhanced items (TEIs) are computer-based assessment questions utilizing interactive elements that your students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced exam. This brief white paper provides an overview of how TEIs can assess knowledge on a deeper level than traditional question types while activating higher order thinking skills.
“Unpacking” the Common Core standards is the process of taking the text of each standard and translating it into practical and actionable teaching strategies. This document provides a map of DOE websites that include unpacked Common Core standards along with banks of corresponding strategies.
This resource is a doorway to many helpful links explaining the design and structure of the SBAC test. There are links to the blueprints for the summative and interim assessments which describe the content of the English language arts/literacy and math assessments for grades 3–8 and high school—and how that content will be assessed. The content specifications serve as the basis for the Smarter Balanced system of summative and interim assessments and formative assessment support for teachers.
This resource provides an overview of the Practice and Training Test Site and information about accessing, taking, and scoring of the tests. It includes such useful information as which calculators are provided on the tests, sample rubrics, annotated anchors for performance tasks, and sample test scoring guides.
Prepare your students for the SBAC by exposing them to the rigor and question formats they will experience on the actual test. These sample questions illustrate the complexity of the English language arts and math items and performance tasks that students will encounter on Smarter Balanced assessments.
Thinking about creating your own TEIs to get evidence of deep learning of your students, but not familiar with the various templates and options? This PDF is a user guide for creating free TEIs using any of the 30+ item templates on the Wisewire platform.