Kavips makes it official! Kilroy wasn’t yelling fire re: The Smarter Balanced Assessment!
The Department of Education in April of this year, created two technical reviews to assess test development in the PARCC and Smart Balance Assessment Programs. (Delaware uses the Smart Balanced). Essentially this is an internal review mid-process in its development. It’s goal was to steer the second half of development towards its proper direction.
Here is what it found.
- Smart Balanced developed a high number of items for field testing this Spring: over 5000! it will used lessons learned in future test development. (Could also explain Delaware’s drop in test scores, since answering these took time away better spent answering the questions used for the assessment).
- It was recommended that Smart Balance run its test past content experts to insure the answers were correct.
- They were questioned whether their list of 500 items was sufficient enough to train the field test question writers who would be the ones who would…
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