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Smarter Balanced Communication Tools

Resource Description

This document provides information about the development and use of Achievement Levels on the Smarter Balanced Assessment

This document provides a template for superintendents, district coordinators, and/or school level coordinators to offer parents to help them understand what is expected of them in preparation for and during the administration of Smarter Balanced assessments.

This document serves as a playbook for parents and families to help prepare their child/student for taking the Smarter Balanced assessments.

This document provides a checklist for parents to help their children better prepare for the New Hampshire Smarter Balanced Assessments.

District FAQ [docx]

This document provides a list of the most commonly asked questions so far regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessment Results. We will update this document as necessary with additional questions. The most recently updated date will be located in the top right corner.

This report reviews the background of the Smarter Balanced development as well as the process used to set the achievement level descriptors and suggestions for interpreting and using the assessment results.

This glossary explains key terms for understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessment Score Reports.

This report helps show why it is important to move to a higher quality assessment.

This toolkit provides a list of all support documentation districts and educators can use to understand and communicate about Smarter Balanced Assessment Results.

This guide was developed by Learning Heroes, a partner to NH DOE and the Smarter Balanced Consortium and adapted by the NH DOE to fit our state’s context. It was developed for teachers based on the most common questions from parents who participated in focus groups regarding the score reports. This document is intended to help teachers have conversations with families around the score report.

This is a draft presentation (originally develop by the Connecticut Department of Education and adapted to New Hampshire’s context) that can be adapted and used with parents, school board members or the community at large.