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Monday, December 12, 2011

Round 2: Smarter Balanced releases revised content spectifications

Input sought on framework for next-generation assessments

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium on December 9, 2011 released the second draft for the content specifications in Mathematics for public comment and review. Based on the Common Core State Standards, the content specifications provide a framework for the development of the SMARTER Balanced assessment system.

“These specifications are an important step toward ensuring that the SMARTER Balanced assessment system accurately measures student achievement across the full range of college- and career-ready skills included in the Common Core State Standards,” said Joe Willhoft, executive director of SMARTER Balanced. “We welcome feedback in order to create a strong foundation for a system of summative and interim assessments and formative resources for teachers.”

SMARTER Balanced is a national consortium of states working collaboratively toward the goal of preparing all students for college and careers by creating a comprehensive assessment system for math and English language arts that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Consistent with the Consortium’s transparent and collaborative approach, member states, organizations and interested stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the math content specifications through January 3, 2012. The content specifications, feedback surveys and a recorded Webinar on evidence-based design are available on the Consortium’s Website at: Look in the blue box on the right side of the page for these links.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Google Graphing Calculator

Well, Google has gone and done it. They've turned the whole internet into one gigantic FREE graphing calculator.
Read the recent engadget post to find out how to use it.