Smarter Annotated Response Tool
The SmART Way to Support Writing Instruction
Use the Smarter Annotated Response Tool (SmART) to better understand how student writing is scored on Smarter Balanced assessments and support writing instruction in your school or classroom. Browse a range of response types, explore interactive scoring rationales and rubrics, and practice scoring on your own or with colleagues.
- Students may be expected to use the information in source materials as inspiration to write a story or capture the essence of an experience.
Informational / Explanatory
- Students may be expected to use source material to “inform” an audience about a topic.
- Students may be expected to analyze source material to explain some aspect of a subject.
Opinion / Argumentative
- Students may be expected to form and defend an opinion, supported by information provided in source material.
- Students may be expected to compose an argument, using evidence from source materials to form and support claims and (in grades 7 -11) counterclaims.