Item writing training videos now available

I’m pleased to announce that the Consortium has created a series of online trainings about the development of assessment items and performance tasks.

This summer and fall, educators from Governing States will write and review items and performance tasks for content, bias/sensitivity, and accessibility in preparation for the Pilot Test of the assessment system in early 2013. The presentations will help writers and reviewers get up to speed on the assessment system.


The training modules—covering background on the Consortium, assessment design principles, and detailed information about item and performance task development—are presented in three formats: a PowerPoint presentation with notes; a streaming presentation with narration that can be viewed online; and a downloadable audio/video presentation.


Smarter Balanced is committed to engaging teachers to design an assessment system that provides resources and information to improve teaching and learning.


We look forward to providing updates on our progress through our website and Smarter News.


-Joe Willhoft, Executive Director

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