Archive | April, 2014

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

30 Apr

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I just received this email from the ETNews Listserv from the Office of Educational Technology at the NH Department of Education.  It is a SBAC in New Hampshire update written by Stan Freeda.  I encourage everyone to experience this assessment.  It will provide a clearer understanding of what our children will experience in a year when they take this assessment for the first time.

Click Here: Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS HAVE NEW FEATURES

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests were released in the spring of 2013 to help students and teachers understand the format of the Smarter Balanced test as well as the tools and resources that are available to make the test more accessible. The refreshed Practice Test scheduled for release in May 2014 includes new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations. The practice tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 and 11 each include approximately 30 questions as well as a new performance task in ELA.

The updated Practice Tests more closely mirror the operational assessment and includes the following features:

NEW MATHEMATICS FEATURES

  • Questions that include the range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment, including a new question type that allows students to enter information directly into the cells of a table
  • Questions that span a range of difficulty for the grade level from “very easy” to “very difficult” and performance tasks that utilize more open-ended response types to allow students to explain their thinking on complex, real world problems
  • Improvements to question wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts

NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS FEATURES

  • New or revised reading and listening passages
  • Improvements to question wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts
  • Questions that include the range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment, including matching tables and short-text questions
  • Revised scoring rubrics for teacher use

USABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION FEATURES

  • For the math assessment in every grade, glossaries are available in 10 languages and several dialects
  • Full stacked Spanish translation available for the math assessment in every grade

Accessing the Practice and Training Tests

The Practice and Training Tests are not compatible with all operating system versions and web browsers.  See Operating System and Browsers Compatible with the Practice and Training Tests for detailed information on compatible operating systems and browsers.

Take the Practice Test

 

Important Limitations: The Practice and Training Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but they do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Field Test or on the operational assessments, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions. In addition, students and teachers will not receive reports or scores from the Practice or Training Tests. Although the operational assessment system will be computer adaptive, the Practice and Training Tests follow a fixed-form model.