Staff Information

Classroom Activities for Common Core SBAC Performance Assessments


Common Core Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to go beyond multiple-choice questions to include performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete.

Each student in Savanna School District will participate in one performance assessment--either in language arts or math. The specific performance assessment has been pre-determined both by school site and grade level. It is imperative that teachers administer the Performance Assessment Classroom Activity one to three days prior to the actual Performance Assessment administration. The Classroom Activity for each grade level contains essential information students will need to complete the Performance Assessment.

Teachers will need to download the Performance Assessment based on their school site and grade level. In some cases, there are graphics at the end of the lesson that will need to be displayed from the laptop onto the screen. Do not photocopy the graphics as they are intended to be displayed in color. Color print copies will not provide the depth necessary for student understanding. Refer to the Classroom Activity Administration Guidelines for more specific information on this test administration.

Classroom Activity Administration Guidelines

Cerritos Grade 3 Cerritos Grade 4 Cerritos Grade 5 Cerritos Grade 6

Hansen Grade 3 Hansen Grade 4 Hansen Grade 5 Hansen Grade 6

Holder Grade 3 Holder Grade 4 Holder Grade 5 Holder Grade 6

Reid Grade 3 Reid Grade 4 Reid Grade 5 Reid Grade 6

The above-referenced Classroom Activities are estimated to take approximately 30 minutes and should be completed the day prior to administering the Performance Task. While each principal will develop a site-specific schedule for SBAC assessment, a sample assessment schedule can be found by clicking here. (Thanks to Dr. Friedman and Dr. Lavigne)