Defined STEM is the leader in creating real-world relevance for the classroom and a large part of our development focus is structured around the Smarter Balanced Assesment. The Smarter Balanced Assessment focuses on assessing college and career readiness. Defined STEM's performance tasks and literacy tasks are a perfect fit to help prepare your school or district for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment performance tasks mirror the goals of Defined STEM. Within Defined STEM, you will find hundreds of performance task and product combinations across a multitude of different careers and themes to challenge your students and prepare them for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Defined STEM performance tasks, literacy tasks and constructed responses are built on the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework and are focused on exemplifying the science, technological, engineering and mathematical aspects of 21st century careers.
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.
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