SMARTER BALANCED READY: Big Idea #5

Sustainable Teams Continuously Improve

An infographic depicting people sitting around a table, and in the middle of the table a chalk drawing of gears surrounded by the words "goals," "teamwork," "skills," "vision," and "success."District staffs build key relationships among assessment, technology, special education, language specialist, and curriculum staff to support schools with a cohesive approach for sustainability. They make adjustments in preparation and planning for the assessment system based on evidence of student learning and experience with assessment administration. Most districts are able to sustain the assessment system in spite of staff turnover due to clearly defined job-related responsibilities that go with each staff position.