SMARTER BALANCED READY: Big Idea #4

Using the Assessment System Is a Team Effort

Graphic of people holding puzzle pieces and assembling the pieces together.Teamwork is a key factor in successfully using the assessment system. As the following examples show, district staff developed checklists and simplified directions to help demystify the testing manual to help testing coordinators, school administrators, and test administrators understand their roles and responsibilities before, during, and after testing. They developed face-to-face train-the-trainer sessions, video-based step-by-step explanations, and PowerPoint presentations showing how to operate the computer-based test and use the Digital Library.