The Smarter Balanced Assessment is designed for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners, not just mainstream, traditional students as they were designed in previous decades. Students must do things on the Smarter Balanced test that they were never expected to do on previous tests, or in the regular school day. They must explain their reasoning for the answers they give. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are measured. They must cite sources for the ideas they express. Students must type, sometimes short answers, sometimes full paragraphs, including students in third grade when the Smarter Balanced Assessment is first administered. In order for students to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, teachers must be informed and armed with tools and strategies to prepare them to show their full potential. This course provides these critical tools and strategies, along with anecdotal information about previous Smarter Balanced Test administrations that point out possible pitfalls and handy tips.
CRN 10751 – 5 Credits – CI 410/510 Undergraduate/Graduate
Portland State University (will bill you separately $300.00)