SMARTER BALANCED READY: Big Idea #3

Adults Learn First, Then Help Students

Parents sitting in a school gym listening to a presentation.

Dublin Unified School District (California) hosts a Common Core parent workshop.

District staff recognized the need for parents and educators to learn about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System first so that these adults could help their students. District staff asked parents and educators what they wanted to learn about the assessment system, and they designed training sessions to address these topics, such as having parents analyze student test questions, helping teachers learn to score extended responses, and allowing teachers to explore accessibility and accommodations resources to find out which supports were the best fit for their students.

The examples below describe the results of these efforts.