|Becoming a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has a number of benefits, including the opportunity for Wyoming educators to participate in professional development activities associated with the assessment. Currently, WDE staff is working on one project that will include Wyoming teachers: |
State Network of Educators: Smarter Balanced Digital Library of Tools and Resources for Formative Assessment: WDE will be selecting approximately 60 educators to participate in the State Network of Educators (SNE). Participants in this project will help develop the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, an online collection of professional learning and instructional resources, focused on classroom-based assessment resources that teachers can use as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Providing teachers with formative assessment tools and resources is an integral component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which also includes a year-end summative assessment and optional interim assessments. The Digital Library will focus on the classroom-based formative assessment processes and will contain differentiated resources aligned to the CCSS for educators with varying interests and professional learning needs. These resources are to include a series of assessment literacy modules and exemplar instructional modules in ELA/literacy and mathematics. In addition, the library will include professional learning and instructional materials contributed by SNEs. The library will be interactive, allowing users to rate materials and to share their expertise with educators across their own states or across the country.
SNE members will gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience in evaluating and selecting materials that align with the Smarter Balanced assessment targets and the CCSS. Training will be via webinars, and participants will receive a stipend as goals of the project are met. WDE will apply for PTSB credit. If you are interested in participating in the SNE, please email Bailey Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, title, email address, and phone number.
If you have questions about these projects, please contact Tammy Schroeder at email@example.com.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium grant proposal was submitted in June 2010, and funding was announced in September 2010. Work officially began October 1, 2010, to develop the system. The consortium has until 2014-15 to administer a fully operational summative assessment. While the new assessment system will take four years to develop, Wyoming has the opportunity to pilot the use of a computer adaptive test prior to full implementation in 2014-15. Until then, we are required to administer the current accountability tests (ACT, COMPASS, EXPLORE, PLAN, PAWS, SAWS and associated alternates). As such, there are no changes to the assessment for the current school year. The Smarter webpage has a detailed timeline available.