Using Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks to Inform Instruction

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Learn how to create your own bank of Smarter Balanced interim assessment questions to keep for classroom use and improve student achievement. This will support classroom-based assessments and build students’ familiarity with the assessment.

  1. Introduce the interpretation of Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB)
  2. Analyze IAB data and questions, looking at the most commonly missed questions and mistakes made
  3. Create activities and mini-lessons, entry tasks and exit tickets from Digital Library Playlists to support interim assessment success

About the Instructors

Sandra Stroup is a media specialist and secondary teacher in the Hockinson School District and is an ELA Fellow for ESD 112. Previously, she taught AP Language & Composition in the Richland School District and fostered growth in the education field through many roles, including an ELA expert panelist and SBA review team member.

Amanda Schneider is a secondary social studies teacher in the Hockinson School District. She also supports students as an Excel and Google-documents Workshop Advisor and has been an ELA contributor to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.

Event Notes

This will be a hands-on training using SBA web tools; Please be sure to bring a fully-charged device that connects to WIFI. A laptop or tablet/ipad are preferred over a phone since this is a class that directly supports digital technology. Note: Smarter Balanced is scheduled to do some video taping of the instruction for a promotional video.

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