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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Performance Tasks

SCALE worked with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and CTB/McGraw-Hill (the primary contractor) to develop performance task "archetypes" and task items and specifications for use by SBAC task authors. SBAC is a 25 member state-led consortium founded to create assessments aligned to the new Common Core State Standards. SCALE had primary responsibility for training performance task writers and supporting their work throughout the task development process.

Working with experienced teachers, assessment experts, and content area specialists, SCALE took the lead in SBAC performance task development in mathematics and English/Language Arts across all grade levels. Throughout the summer of 2013, SCALE hosted performance task development institutes to expand task writers’ understanding of designing performance tasks. SCALE, along with the task writers, produced 60 secure performance tasks (including archetypes) to be used in a spring 2014 field test by SBAC.

Key Deliverables

  • SCALE-designed item specifications for use by SBAC performance task developers
  • Common performance task rubrics designed in collaboration with key project partners
  • Training and support for ELA and math performance task authors
  • 60 Common Core-aligned performance tasks in mathematics and English/Language Arts