SBAC: The Informational/Explanatory Performance Task

This training opportunity helps teachers to prepare their students for close reading skills and academic writing needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC) assessment of the  informational/explanatory performance task.  Participants will learn how to teach the Jane Schaffer Writing Program® terminology, color-coding, and structure that successfully takes writers through the writing process to produce an organized, logical, and creative response on the test. Participants will also learn how to teach close reading of informational texts to understand the main idea of passages in order to synthesize those ideas into responses. Teaching students the JSWP method of thinking while reading and writing will prepare students to be successful test takers.

Subject Area Participants: English Language Arts and Reading, Learning Support

Grade Level(s): 6-11

Attendance Policy: Participants must be present and engaged throughout the series to obtain a certificate of completion. For questions regarding your attendance, please contact Dr. Louis at