For Building Teacher Capacity To Implement The Smarter Balanced Assessments

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    37 Months
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WestEd is a research, development, and service agency that works with the education community to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. The Common Core State Standards are more demanding than previous requirements in most states and are accompanied by tests that measure student achievement. They include short answer and essay questions that assess content knowledge as well as reasoning and critical thinking skills. To prepare teachers for the implementation of more rigorous standards, WestEd proposes to work in five states to: (1) strengthen teacher implementation of performance assessments; (2) build teachers’ knowledge of, and support for, the Common Core and aligned assessments; and (3) develop a cadre of teachers to help implement the new state assessments.
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for supporting the Strategic Literacy Initiative  
The Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd designs and facilitates professional development focused on helping students achieve higher levels of academic literacy and learning. The Initiative will increase opportunities for high-need students to engage with more varied, authentic, and challenging science tasks and texts by increasing teacher knowledge and use of OER and by building knowledge and professional learning resources to help teachers create high-quality, text-based investigation modules. The Initiative also will leverage a SEED grant from the U.S. Department of Education to broadly disseminate acquired knowledge, tools, and resources.
for support of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium  
WestEd is a leading research, development, and technical assistance organization. It will work with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to support the implementation of its five-year strategic plan.

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