SMARTER BALANCED IN THE CLASSROOM

Impacting Instruction Across the U.S.

The Smarter Balanced video team traveled from sea to shining sea to learn how educators are using Smarter Balanced interim assessments and formative assessment resources in the Digital Library to enhance their instruction.

Douglas County, Nevada

Interims Provide Douglas County, NV Teachers Real-time Data to Tailor Instruction

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Douglas Country educators meet as a teaching team to review interim assessment results.Douglas County educators recognized a need for teachers to get their hands on data about their students’ knowledge in time to take action while kids were still in their classroom. How did they do this? By empowering teachers to use Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments! Educators use Connections Playlists to link each student’s results to instructional next steps so they can tailor their approach and maximize learning potential.

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Glendale, California

Educators Gear Instruction Toward Student Learning in Glendale, CA

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Students work on an interim assessment block activity, which often feel like regular classroom assignments.The Glendale Unified School District is using formative assessments as interim measures so teachers have the information they need to make sure students have the knowledge and skills they need before the end of the year. Support from the district-level allows teachers to dig deep into the interim results and use the data to shape instruction. Glendale educators are finding the interims to be so effective, they plan to use the tool more often next year!

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Ronan, Montana

Interim Assessment Results Spark Learning in Ronan, Montana Classrooms

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Photos of Ronan Middle School students in tribal dress. Ronan is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States. Ronan, MT lies on the Flathead Indian ReservationEducators are having powerful conversations about interim data at Ronan Middle School and it’s allowing teachers to target students’ learning right away. What’s the impact? It’s increasing student achievement and even helping the climate of the school! Learn more about their experiences using interims in the classroom.

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Billings, Montana

Teaching Teams Leverage the Power of Interims in Billings, Montana

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4th Grade Teacher Dustin Martin teaches his class at Bitterroot Elementary in Billings, Montana.Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Billings Public Schools are coming together after giving interim assessments to engage in the formative process, collaboratively. These educators use the data to quickly (during recess!) identify gaps in student knowledge and then work to tailor instruction to boost learning in these areas.

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Puyallup, Washington

Educators in Puyallup, WA Find Interims are Key to Setting Learning Goals for Students

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Lisa Reeves teaches her 4th grade class at Brouillet Elementary in Puyallup, Washington.Teachers at Brouillet Elementary find the biggest benefit of using interim assessments is getting each student’s results back in their own hands so they can see where they can grow. The more engaged students are, they more they take ownership of their own learning!

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North Santiam, Oregon

Interims Level the Playing Field for Students in North Santiam School District (OR)

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Students at Sublimity School in North Santiam, Oregon take an interim assessment on classroom laptops.Teachers at three schools in the North Santiam School District are piloting the use of Smarter Balanced interim assessments and are finding that the power of data is transforming instruction. Hear from teachers and leadership about their experience taking students from standards to college and career-ready.

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Kona, Hawai’i

Educators in Kona, HI Use Interim Assessments to Move Their Students Forward

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Students gather outside during the school day at Konawaena Middle School in Kona, Hawai'i.Teachers at Konawaena Middle School strive for students to learn deeply. Smarter Balanced instructional resources help them do just that by providing methods of pinpointing knowledge and by offering new teaching strategies.

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Hilo, Hawai’i

Teachers in Hilo, HI Reinforce Student Learning Using Smarter Balanced Tools

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A teacher in Hilo, Hawai'i works with his class during a lesson. Educators in Hilo use Smarter Balanced interim assessments as part of their curriculum.Smarter Balanced teaching resources empower educators in Hilo, Hawaii to align instruction to support students. Learn how the suite of tools helps teachers find ways to supplement their students’ learning.

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Laurel, Delaware

Go Bulldogs! Delaware’s North Laurel Elementary Inspires Student Success

Educators in Kerman, CA have integrated Digital Library formative assessment instructional resources and interim assessments into their classroom work all year long.Educators in Laurel, DE are thrilled to see big gains in their students’ learning over the past couple years. What’s their secret? (Besides wearing red to show school pride!) Teachers and district leaders agree that Smarter Balanced instructional supports were the missing ingredient in their recipe for success. Learn about the team and their strategy!

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Kerman, CAlifornia

What Does Empowerment Look Like? Meet Kerman, CA Educators using Formative Assessment Tools!

A playground on a schoolyard in Kerman, CaliforniaSmarter Balanced instructional supports are helping Kerman Unified School District educators differentiate instruction for students so each child receives the support they need to improve their learning. A big part of district-wide improvement is use of the formative assessment tools in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, which is filled with time-saving teaching resources created by educators.

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Springfield, Vermont

Students in Springfield, VT Get Excited (and Confident) About Their Learning

Educators in Springfield, Vermont have integrated Digital Library formative assessment instructional resources and interim assessments into their classroom work all year long.Union Street Elementary teachers are using Smarter Balanced interim assessments for a powerful (and quick) look at student learning so they can adjust instruction in real time. Not only are students excited to see their own growth, but are so confident in their skills that they want to share their knowledge with fellow students at school-wide assemblies. Inspiring!

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Val Verde, CAlifornia

Val Verde Unified School District Is Including Their ‘Scholars’ In the Use of Interim Assessment Results

Teachers in Val Verde, CA have integrated Digital Library formative assessment instructional resources and interim assessments into their classroom work all year long.Educators in Val Verde, CA are finding that including scholars — how they refer to students — in their educational journey by sharing interim assessment results with them builds confidence and ownership. Using Smarter Balanced formative assessment resources in the Digital Library and instructional supports has given teachers the tools to shape their instruction based on each scholar’s achievement level. The sky is the limit!

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Spokane, WAshington

Digging into the Digital Library (and Student Achievement) at Centennial Middle School in Spokane, WA

Students in a Washington Classroom explore an assignment developed by their teacher using Digital Library formative assessment instructional resources.What is more inspiring educators than to see their students excited about their own learning progress? Only seeing students get excited about each other’s work. Centennial Middle School educators have found using the Connections Playlists to connect each student with high-quality classroom activities that best match their skill level means they are doing important work that they enjoy.

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Lyme, Connecticut

First Steps Lead to Powerful Instructional Shift for Lyme Consolidated in Connecticut

 

Students in a Connecticut classroom participate in a lesson developed by their teacher using Digital Library formative assessment instructional resources.Educators in Lyme, Connecticut took baby steps when it first came to integrating Smarter Balanced tools. That, along with dedicated instructional technology support, has led to successful integration of interim assessments, which give teachers actionable information about each student’s learning. As a result, educators feel they are better able to move students toward the ultimate goal of preparing them for college and a career.

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