The Smarter Balanced summative test blueprints describe the content of the English language arts/literacy and math summative assessments for grades 3–8 and high school—and how that content will be assessed. The test blueprints include critical information about the number of questions, score points, and depth of knowledge for items associated with each assessment target. They will continue to guide the development of questions and performance tasks, score reporting, and ongoing research.
Smarter Balanced has developed content specifications in English language arts/literacy and math to ensure that the assessments cover the range of knowledge and skills in the Common Core State Standards. The content specifications serve as the basis for the Smarter Balanced system of summative and interim assessments and formative assessment support for teachers.
Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items. In addition, guidelines for bias and sensitivity, accessibility and accommodations, and style help item developers and reviewers ensure consistency and fairness across the item bank.
English Language Arts/Literacy Item Specifications