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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 effective 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

Depth of knowledge is the interaction of how deeply a student needs to understand the content   with different ways of responding and interacting with the content.  The chart below shows each

of the four criteria areas with sample vocabulary.  This chart aligns to the SBAC Claims/Targets and Standards and can be used to practice different levels of response with Common Core standards.  

Depth of Knowledge 


 Depth of Knowledge Levels

Depth of Knowledge Question StemsLevels of Thinking



SBAC Claims, Targets, and Standards listed below


3rd Grade ELA3rd Grade Math
​4th Grade ELA​4th Grade Math
​5th Grade ELA​5th Grade Math
​6th Grade ELA​6th Grade Math
​7th Grade ELA7th Grade Math
​8th Grade ELA​8th Grade Math
​High School ELA​High School Math