Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Resources
Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) ResourceWestEd and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) developed the Understanding Proficiency (http://understandingproficiency.wested.org/) website to expand teacher learning about Smarter Balanced performance tasks (summative and interim assessments). This website makes available to all schools the designed learning experiences that WestEd and SCALE originally developed for their Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) workshops. Central to these online resources are samples of real student work on the Smarter Balanced Practice Test ELA/Literacy performance tasks.
The Division of Instruction, Secondary Literacy/ELA team in partnership with the Local District Secondary Literacy/ELA Coordinators developed facilitator training screencasts (one overview and five learning modules) to provide context and elaboration on what professional development facilitators will find on the Understanding Proficiency website. The screencasts explain the general functions and features of the Understanding Proficiency learning modules, and how to best provide and prepare for their facilitation.
Understanding Proficiency: Facilitator ScreencastsThe screencasts are designed to prepare facilitators for using the Understanding Proficiency training resources. The screencasts are not designed to be used as presentation material in professional development sessions.It is highly recommended that the "Overview" is viewed first before viewing any of the other screencasts.
LAUSD Created Assessments for Grades 6-8
The LAUSD Secondary ELA assessments for grades 6-8 are designed as extended constructed response tasks that have been embedded in units of instruction. These units and tasks address the four strands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and focus on argument writing. Units have been designed using the CCSS and the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) materials for middle school, designed by California State University faculty and secondary school teachers.
GRADE 6Assessment: Teens and Social Media (Five-day assessment)Assessment: What is the role of parent involvement in education and adolescent development? (Three-week argument unit)
GRADE 7Assessment: Tap Water vs. Bottled Water (Three-week argument unit)
LAUSD Created Assessments for Grades 9-10
The LAUSD Secondary ELA assessments for grades 9-10 are designed as extended constructed response tasks. To best understand the structure and administration of the assessments, it is highly recommended that teachers and administrators review the Teacher Directions.