The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is one of two, "state-led" organizations created to develop comprehensive "next-generation" assessment systems for American schools. Smarter Balanced was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.
SBAC has sought input from interested parties on its proposed assessment system as it has begun piloting the assessment in several locations around the United States.
CAST, a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning, has provided a response to this request for input citing concerns regarding the SBAC and students with disabilities. Concerns were identified in the following areas:
- Graphical representation of the conceptual model
- Attention to item design to ensure construct validity
- Clarification of the accommodations process
- Development of the ISAAP
- Relationship between the IEP and ISAAP
- Meaning of detrimental effect
- A few specific questions about Appendix A
- Appropriate uses of assistive technologies
- Impact of assessment decisions on instruction
- Computer adaptive testing for students with disabilities
- Formative assessment