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SD Department of Education Oct. 2016  

  First playlists available in Smarter Balanced Digital Library

The Digital Library is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Smarter Balanced is more than the statewide summative assessment. The Digital Library is an online collection of formative assessment resources available at no cost to South Dakota K-12 educators. It contains resources for all K-12 educators, not just those who teach tested subjects and grade levels.

The Digital Library contains more than 2,500 high quality instructional and professional learning resources contributed by educators for educators, and it’s growing. Resources are sortable by standard, grade, subject area and a number of other parameters. All resources are strictly vetted by trained members of a State Network of Educators (SNEs) across the country.

Digital Library Connections, or playlists, have now been added to the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Playlists are intended to connect content areas and skills from the Interim Assessment Blocks to useful formative resources in the Digital Library.

Interim Assessment Blocks allow educators to check student progress throughout the year. When compared with Smarter Balanced summative assessments and the Interim Comprehensive Assessments, IABs are smaller, more focused assessments designed to give educators useful, actionable information they can use to adjust instruction. Educators can use IABs to check student progress towards mastering specific concepts at strategic points during the school year more consistently with the sequence of their curricula.

"Playlists are an important upgrade to the Digital Library,” said Kim Webber, a teacher at Black Hawk Elementary in the Rapid City Area School District who is also an SNE for the Digital Library. “They enable teachers to focus on specific standards and assessment data and find resources targeted at increasing student achievement in those specific areas."

The first playlists connect “Grade 7 Ratio and Proportion” and “Grade 7 Reading Literary Text” standards from the Grade 7 Interim Assessment Blocks to resources in the library:

“Not only do these high quality, research-based lessons reflect students’ academic capability ranges to assist with enrichment and reinforcement, but they also identify additional resources that meet their next level of learning. This ultimately aids in driving instruction and tailors it to individual learners’ needs," said Jodi DeHaven, an instructional coach and SNE from the Harrisburg School District.

Most South Dakota educators already have access to the Digital Library. Any teacher unsure of his/her username and password is encouraged to check with his/her school’s assessment coordinator. For more information on the Digital Library, contact Joe Moran with the South Dakota Department of Education at joe.moran@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3247.

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