ELA Common
Core State
Job Alike #8
Content Objectives
Participants will..
 Understand and examine the different types
of assessment items and tasks included in the
new Smarter Balanced Assessments -SBAC
 Review the revised K-3 Common Cores State
Standards ELA Report Card
 Complete an ELA CCSS Teacher Needs
Language Objectives
Participants will…
 Read, write and discuss as they gain
understanding of and experience with the
new assessment system - SBAC
Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium
Overview of Items and Tasks
Types of Items and Tasks
1.Selected response
 prompt
students to select one or
more responses for a set of questions
2.Constructed response
 prompt
students to write in response
to reading citing evidence from their
Items and Tasks continued…
3. Performance Task  Measure a student’s ability to integrate
knowledge and skills across multiple
 Some constructed-response items and
performance tasks can be scored
automatically; many will be hand-scored
by professionally trained readers.
 Used to better measure capacities such
as depth of understanding, research skills,
and complex analysis,
Items and Tasks continued…
4. Technology-enhanced items
 Demonstrate the ability to use
computer skills to demonstrate a
deeper understanding of content
and skills
 Use technology to assess nontraditional response type, such as
editing text.
ELA Comparison
Oregon & Smarter Balanced
Multiple Choice/Selected Response
Technology Enhanced
Constructed Response
Computer Adaptive
Listening Items
For Grades 3 and above
Brief Write, Revise and Edit Items
Performance Tasks – Reading and
Writing Using Multiple Tests
Writing Assessment for Every Grade
One Opportunity to Take Assessment
Timed Assessment
Sample Items and
Performance Tasks
Smarter Balance
Purpose of Sample Items and
Performance Tasks
 Demonstrate
 Help
rigor and complexity of
teachers continue planning shifts in
instruction related to Common Core State
Standards (CCSS)
Sample Items for Reading
Grade 4
Three Item Types Based on Text – Grandma Ruth
1. Constructed Response
2. Vocabulary, Technology Enhanced
3. Citing Evidence, Technology Enhanced
Partner Activity – Reading Handout and ELA CCSS Standards
1. Read Grandma Ruth
2. Answer each item
3. Partner Discussion Compare responses. What are the implications for
instruction at your grade level?
4. Whole group share out – Highlights from Partner Discussion
Sample Items for Writing
Grade 4
Writing Item Examples
1. “Oliver” - Provide a sense of closure for narrative writing
2. “School Day” - Provide reasons that are supported by
facts and details
Partner Activity – Writing Handout and Standards
1. Each person completes one of the sample items
2. Partner Discussion Share your response. What are the implications for
instruction at your grade level?
3. Whole group share out – Highlights from Partner
Example of Performance Task
Grade 4
Overview of Performance Task - Animal Defenses
1.Task Overview & Classroom Activity @ 20 mins..
2.Student Task: Parts 1 (35 mins) and Part 2 (70
Read Performance Task Handout
1. Highlight and make margin notes
Table Discussion
1. Clarify steps in completing Performance Tasks
2.. What implications do you see for instruction at
your grade level?
3. Whole group share out
Example of Listening Task
Grade 4
Listening Task - Exercise in Space
Exercise in Space 1
Exercise in Space 2
Additional Information
 Testing
1. Computer Adaptive - 1:30
2. Performance Task –1:45 + Time for
Classroom Activity (@ 20 mins)
 Practice Test
1. Available in late May
2. Allow students to experience full array
of item types and Performance Tasks
3. Provide teachers with knowledge to
construct simulated assessment events
for classroom instruction
ELA CCSS Report Card &
Alignment Document
Read through the
Report Card and
Write questions in
Table Discussion
Clarify questions
Teacher Self-Reflection &
Needs Assessment
Job Alike Session Topics:
#1 Overview of ELA CCSS
#2 -#3 Foundational Skills
#4 -#6 Comprehension:
Close Reading Lessons
(Text-dependent questions
& Culminating Activities)
#7 Writing
#8 Assessment and Report
Condition 1. Focus on PERSONAL, LOCAL and IMMEDIATE
Condition 2. ISOLATE race
Using Conditions 1 & 2, reflect on the increased rigor and
expectations of the Common Core.
How will ensure that you engage in culturally responsive
approaches to teaching as you implement the CCSS ELA
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