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Smarter Balanced Update

February 6, 2012

Re: SMARTER Balanced Item Specifications review and feedback opportunity Date: January 31, 2012

A significant milestone in the assessment development process for the SMARTER Balanced assessment program is the development of Item Specifications and Guidelines. This is the next logical step in the process after the development of content specifications. The item specifications provide specific guidance to item writers on how to translate the Common Core Standards (as articulated through the SMARTER Balanced Content Specifications) into actual assessment items.

On Thursday, January 26, our contractor Measured Progress and ETS held a webinar to describe the item specifications documents that require state review. This is an iterative process. SMARTER Balanced work group members and K-12 member state leads did an earlier round of review this month and we are now enlarging the circle to include teachers, LEA staff, the vendor community, and others. The revised documents are available currently at (Under the SBAC 04 Showcase 2 header)

We are seeking feedback through an online survey, also available at 

Feedback on these documents will be due February 9.

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