How does the purpose of California's proposed assessment system as described by Smarter Balanced differ from the STAR system?
"The Smarter Balanced system is being developed to provide teachers and schools with information and tools to improve teaching and learning. It is an aligned system that includes summative and interim assessments as well as classroom level formative assessment practices. The STAR Program does not provide this variety of tools and information, and they are not benchmarked to college- and career-ready standards."
Describe benefits you anticipate for teachers, students, and parents when the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessment system is implemented in California.
- "The use of technology will provide faster results to students, teachers, and parents."
- "The multiple levels of assessment provided by the system will give teachers and students timely information that they can act on immediately, adjusting teaching and learning strategies."
- "The system will provide teachers and schools with classroom-level formative assessment tools, aligned to the summative and interim assessments that can be used to target instruction to specific student needs."
- "The assessments will be more engaging to students through the use of technology and multi-media. The computer adaptive assessment will also help to keep students engaged during the assessment process."