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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Common Core State Standards - Assessment
Common Core State Standards - Assessment
Common Core State Standards
ELA and Literacy Standards
Content Area Resources
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Update on Support for iOS 8
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
2014-15 Secure Browser Clarification
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
External Keyboards Required for Smarter Balanced Tests Administered Via Tablet
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile Tool Released by Smarter Balanced
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Revised Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and Testing Device Requirements
Oregon -- with the other Governing States and Smarter Balanced staff -- are implementing the summative, interim, and formative assessment for mathematics and English language arts beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Through the 2013-2014 school year Oregon students' OAKS assessments will continue to be based on the 2003 English Language Arts content standards and 2007/2009 Mathematics content standards.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a collection of more than 30 states that have been working collaboratively since 2009 to develop a student assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
CCSS Alternate Assessment
Oregon, with the Partner and other Affiliated States and NCSC staff, is implementing the summative, interim, and formative alternate assessment for mathematics and English language arts beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Through the 2013-2014 school year Oregon students’ OAKS alternate assessments will continue to be linked to the 2003 English Language Arts content standards and 2007/2009 Mathematics content standards.
Smarter Balanced Operational Test 2014-2015
Test Administration Guidelines
2014-15 Test Administration Manual
Test Administration Manual
(TAM) provides districts with all policies and requirements governing administration of the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments, including the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences, the English Language Proficiency Assessment, the Kindergarten Assessment, the Extended Assessments, and the Grade 12 OAKS Retest Opportunity. The TAM is required reading for all District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators. For reading requirements by role, please refer to
Section 1.5 Training Requirements
of the TAM.
Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile (ISAAP)
Sample Summative Items for Teachers
Covering all possible item types (selected response, constructed response, extended response, technology enhanced, and performance tasks), these samples include student items, as well as sample student responses and evaluation rubrics where appropriate. Educators can use these items to get an idea of how to design classroom tasks that will prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Sample Items and Tasks for Students
The items on these sites include a combination of computer adaptive items (selected response, constructed response, extended response) and performance tasks. Items can be scored using sample student responses and their accompanying scores as reference for reviewing your answer.
English Language Arts & Literacy
This website replicates the experience students will have taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. As with the OAKS training tests, scoring for these tests is not available.
NOTE: The Practice Test can be taken on any Internet-connected computer using a current Web browser including: Mozilla Firefox,Google Chrome, and Safari.
Training and Practice Test Update
Training and Practice Test FAQ
Practice and Training Test Resources and Documentation
English Language Arts (ELA) Timing Chart
Mathematics Timing Chart
Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and Testing Device Requirements
Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework (Executive Summary)
English Language Arts
Coming Together to Raise Achievement
This guide is resource on the comprehensive assessment designs and related activites being launched by PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
ELA Literacy Content Specifications
This 2/4/2014 draft document provides Claims, Targets, and terminology that will become part of the Common Assessment’s English Language Arts Test Item Specifications.
ELA/Literacy Smarter Balanced Preliminary Summative Assessment Blueprint (5/9/14)
Mathematics Content Specifications
This 6/2013 draft document provides Claims, Targets, and terminology that will become part of the Common Assessment’s Mathematics Test Item Specifications.
Mathematics Smarter Balanced Preliminary Summative Assessment Blueprint (5/9/14)
Calculator Availability by Grade Level
Formulas and Conversions Guidelines
Core Components of the Smarter Balanced System
This document provides a summary of the core components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Alignment of English Language Arts Standards to the Common Core
Mathematics Assessment Transition
The upcoming mathematics assessment through Smarter Balanced is in the early stages of development.
Essential Skills OAKS to Smarter BalancedTransition
This document provides a description of the transition from OAKS to the Common Assessment, and the impact on Essential Skills graduation requirements.
These documents provide educators with a view of the alignment between the standards currently required as part of each Oregon district’s curriculum and instruction in the subject area of ELA, and those contained in the Common Core State Standards, which will become the new standards on which assessments are based beginning in 2014-2015.(Documents posted 6/12/2013)
Planning the Transition from OAKS to Smarter Balanced Assessment
An overview of the shifting of mathematics content from grade to grade, as well as a listing of new content for each grade, with an overview of the vision and development of the Smarter Balanced Common Assessment.
Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Area Representatives
Smarter Balanced Sample Items FAQ
Smarter Balanced Sample Items Talking Points
Smarter Balanced Sample Items Presentation Template
Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts
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