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SBAC Assessment Claims

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is comprised of claims and targets that together can be used to make statements about student achievement.

The claim is a broad statement that will outline the outcomes achieved with mastery of the standards within it.  Within each claim are a variety of assessment targets that further clarify the knowledge and specific skills that cross over a cluster of standards.   

English Language Arts


Claim #1- Reading

Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.


Claim #2- Writing 

Students can produce effect and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.


Claim #3- Speaking and Listening

Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.


Claim #4- Research

Students can engage in research /inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information.



Claim #1- Concepts and Procedures

Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency. 


Claim #2- Problem Solving

Students can solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.


Claim #3- Communicating Reasoning 

Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.


Claim #4- Modeling and Data Analysis

Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical  models to interpret and solve problems

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