Will Smarter Balanced assessments be translated into other languages?

posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:39 AM by Lucille Chicoine
As part of the Race to the Top Assessment Program application, the Consortium made a commitment to translate the mathematics interim and summative assessments into five languages—including Spanish and sign language. The Consortium is developing a translations framework to guide this work.

It is important to note, however, that translation is just one way to help ensure that the assessments accurately measure the knowledge and skills of English language learners. Smarter Balanced is focused on including construct-relevant language in our math items, which minimizes the appearance of construct-irrelevant language use. All assessment items and performance tasks will go through a bias and sensitivity review. In addition, the assessments will include accessibility and accommodations options that will help English language learners while taking the assessment.