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SmarterApp Assessment Item Format
Date:  Jun 17, 2020
Document:  Click Here
Status:  Public Release
Version:  1.2

The encoding format for assessment items supported by the SmarterApp assessment suite. This version is the final draft and contains complete information about all Smarter Balanced assessment item types. Nevertheless, this draft has not yet been approved and remains subject to change. Note that this is one of two formats that will be exportable from the item bank. For details, see the Smarter Balanced Assessment Item Format Brief.

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