Sample items and performance tasks now available

I am pleased to announce that the Consortium has released a set of sample assessment items and performance tasks in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

The sample items and tasks provide an advance look at the types of questions students will encounter when the assessments are implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Developed in collaboration with educators and content experts, the sample items and tasks are meant to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers better understand the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments.



Please note that the sample items and tasks are displayed using a simulated test platform that does not include accessibility and accommodations tools that will be available when the assessments are administered to students.


Smarter Balanced welcomes feedback and questions on the sample items and tasks and can be submitted through an online form.


– Joe Willhoft, Executive Director


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