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Assessment Targets

Recall from Unit 2 that Smarter Balanced assessment targets describe the expectations of what will be assessed by the items and tasks.  

The following information on the previously defined Smarter Balanced assessment targets helps differentiate them from the instructional learning targets:

Assessment targets are used primarily in the Smarter Balanced quality assurance process, while instructional learning targets are part of daily classroom-based practice. Instructional learning targets focus educators on selecting and prioritizing certain aspects of standards-based curriculum, “targeting” instruction so that the connection between instruction and assessment can be more explicit and effective.