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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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Mikaela Martinez

on 6 April 2013

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Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium What is it? Where will it be used? When will testing begin? Why the SBAC? How will it work? Pros & Cons What do educators have to say? Example Questions Resources Resources www.smarterbalanced.org | SBAC Home Certified Educator Interviews www.edweek.org | Education Week Cons Unfortunately the SBAC Test Designers have yet to create a concrete policy for ELL test takers. What is it? The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a test aimed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness. The consortia is responsible for creating an assessment that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. It will be testing in the subject areas of English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. It is designed for grades 3-8 and grade 11. It will include: Summative Assessments [for accountability purposes] & Interim Assessments [for instructional use]. It is more than just a multiple choice test. It will also include opportunities for students to submit extended answers to evaluate and assess their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. It will include performance tasks - this will allow students to demonstrate their research, writing, and analytical skills. Where will it be used? The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be used in: -Washington -South Dakota -New Jersey
-Oregon -Kansas -Hawaii
-Idaho -North Dakota -Iowa
-Montana -Missouri -Colorado
-Nevada -Alabama -Wisconsin
-Utah -Michigan -Oklahoma
-New Mexico -West Virginia -Kentucky
-North Carolina -Vermont -Ohio
-Connecticut -Maine -Pennsylvania
-Delaware -South Carolina -New Hampshire Governing States have a vote in policy decisions regarding the development of the assessment.
Advisory States participate in work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system.
Affiliate States have not committed to the consortium but support the Smarter Balanced. www.hpeg.org | Harvard Education Letter February - May 2013 Pilot Test of assessment items and performance tasks is given to 10% of the public school population in the member states. Spring 2013 Pilot Test scoring. Spring 2014 Field Test of summative and interim assessment items as well as performance tasks. Later Spring 2014 Field Test Scoring Fall 2014 Smarter Balanced Assessments ready for use by states. Spring 2015 During last 12 weeks of school year the summative test is administered. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Timeline Why the Smarter Balanced Assessment? The Smarter Balanced Assessment's goal is to provide a more valid, reliable, and fair state assessment. They will assess in a more well-rounded manner. They will have quicker turnaround results due to the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) which will allow teachers to use the information presented in the test results to better the classroom. The assessments are being generated in correspondence with the Common Core State Standards being adapted by many US states. www.prezi.com | Prezi - Ideas Matter www.cdaschools.org | Cd'A School District 271 How will it work? Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) is online testing that personally adapts to each child's abilities. As a student answers questions correctly, harder questions will be asked. If one is answered wrong it may take a step back. Computer Adaptive Testing Testing Timeline The summative testing will happen the last 12 weeks of the school year. There will be 2 parts consisting of the computer adapted test and the performance tasks.
Schools can also choose to do optional interim testing, and the timeline for those tests is determined locally. Results Results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment will be available to parents, students, teachers, and administrators.
The results will be available through a secure, online reporting system.
It will map both student achievement and student growth in regards to achievement of the Common Core State Standards.
Testing Accommodations Testing accommodations will be for visual, audio, and physical access barriers.
Accessibility tools will include: tactile presentation of material (ex. Braille), foreground and background colors, translated version of test including sign language and select foreign languages. Pros Testing accommodations seem very limited for those who need services outside of the 4 available accommodations. Only mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy are included in the testing. Many schools still do not have the technology needed to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment testing. Many also cannot afford the upgrade of their technology. With online testing it becomes a more affordable standardized state test. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will not just be a pencil and paper multiple choice test. Quicker turnaround time for results of testing. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Testing of critical-thinking abilities and problem solving skills are more thorough and demonstrate research and inquiry abilities. Questions are complex and timely. Many students may score poorly due to lack of attention or lack of details in answer. Test helps determine college and career readiness. The test is very time consuming and will rotate students through multiple shifts of computer testing. Using Computer Adaptive Testing, the assessment will be able to adapt to the individual student and his or her abilities. Differing from most standardized tests, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will enforce more 'teaching to the test' as teachers try and prepare their students for a new generation of standardized testing. Accommodations will be available for English Language Learners and students with disabilities. The test is being developed by a consortium of experienced educators, researchers, policy makers, and community groups. Educator Opinions "Unfortunately some of our IEP and 504 students will not benefit from the proposed 'accommodations' of the SBAC. Those students will be the ones who truly suffer from this new test."
- Sandy, Special Education Educator "I am excited to begin teaching students how to fully express their ideas through their answers instead of filling in a bubble!"
-Amanda, 2nd Year Educator "I am thankful I am retiring before this all comes into play. I began teaching before the use of standardized testing, and the freedom and creativity are no longer a part of it."
-Donna, Retiring Educator "Students will be challenged in a new way. They can't just rely on 'multiple guess' any longer. This will encourage them to use the critical thinking we encourage in the classrooms in their testing as well."
-Michelle, Principal "The No Child Left Behind Act has really changed the way teachers are allowed to teach. Now the Common Core is further restricting what can and can't be taught, and the implementation of the SBAC is just narrowing the field even more unfortunately."
-Karin, Paraeducator What will the questions look like? Students will be asked to read a story and answer questions such as:
Q: What did Naomi learn about Grandma Ruth? Use details from the text to support your answer". Q: Read the following sentences from the passage:
[passage inserted into question]
Click on two phrases from the passage that help you understand the meaning of the word "scarred".
Q: The following is the beginning of a story that a student is writing for a class assignment. The story needs more details and an ending. Read the beginning of the story and then complete the task that follows. [beginning of story inserted here]
Q2: Write an ending to the story by adding details to tell what happens next. Questions will ask students to watch a short video or animated clip and then select a multiple choice answer. Lists of information, including equations, will be presented asking students to identify whether they are 'true or false' or to select 'yes or no' if they are correct or not. Interactive questions where students must manipulate objects on the screen to 'show' the correct answer. Q: A rectangle is 6 feet long and has a perimeter of 20 feet.
What is the width of this rectangle? Explain how you solved this problem. Students will be asked to complete tables and graphs given bits of information. Check out more sample questions and test yourself to see how you would score!
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