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Building Educator Assessment Literacy

The Building Educator Assessment Literacy to Support Student Achievement of College and Career Readiness Standards project seeked to build teacher capacity and knowledge around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by giving teachers an opportunity to practice scoring student responses to the performance task component of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments. The project was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

In collaboration with WestEd, SCALE developed professional development face-to-face and virtual training materials in math and ELA to be used by existing state infrastructures to expose practitioners in three targeted states (California, New Hampshire, and Oregon) to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, student responses, and rubrics, thereby increasing teacher ability to include CCSS-aligned performance assessments in daily instruction. The project aimed to develop a starting cadre of teachers who might ultimately be drawn upon to score and implement new state and district performance-based assessments.

Key Deliverables                

  • Professional development modules and materials in math and ELA
  • Increased teacher understanding of new summative performance tasks through application of Smarter Balanced scoring tools
  • State capacity to provide curriculum and instructional supports that are aligned to CCSS and the new consortia assessments
  • Initial cadre of teachers from three states who are prepped for formal training to score summative performance tasks.