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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

What will the CCSS assessments look like?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness across time.   Connecticut has signed on to participate with the SBAC as assessments are developed for the CCSS.  Operational assessments will be used beginning in 2015 for grades 3-8 and 11, and will be administered via computer.

In the spring the SBAC Field Test will be given.  The Field Test is a trial run of the assessment system that helps ensure the assessments are valid, reliable, and fair for all students.  It also gives teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness in advance of the first operational assessment the following year.  The length and content coverage (e.g., the number of test items on problem solving or the number of items on algebra) of the Field Test are designed to model the operational assessment.

Both the Field Test and the operational SBAC test will have several parts.  Students will take tests in two areas- ELA and mathematics.  Each area includes a computer adaptive test (CAT) and a performance task.  The performance task includes a classroom activity as well as computer tasks.  Throughout the assessment, students will participate in a variety of item types, such as short text, long essay, multiple choice with one correct response, multiple choice with multiple correct responses, graphing, etc.
Approximate testing times are shown in the table below:

Content Area
Grade
Computer Adaptive Test
Performance Task
Total time on computer
Classroom Activity
Total Time Overall
ELA
3 & 4
1:30
2:00
3:30
:30
4:00
Math
3 & 4
1:30
1:00
2:30
:30
3:00

Curious about the test?  Want to find out more?

    Visit the SBAC website by clicking on this link.

    Try out the practice test by clicking on this link.  

    View our parent/guardian presentation by clicking on the document below.

Wondering what technology skills your child will need in order to be successful on the SBAC? 
   The following skills are those that students will need to effectively and efficiently complete both the English Language Arts and      Mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessment.

  • Keyboarding Skills
    • Locate and type letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols
    • Type with reasonable speed
    • Use the enter/return key, space bar, delete key, backspace key, shift key, tab key
  • Word Processing Skills
    • Use cursor to type/insert text in a specific location
    • Insert and delete letters or words
    • Change letters from uppercase to lowercase and vice versa
    • Copy and paste
  • Basic Skills
    • Use a mouse to:
      • Single, double, and right click
      • Drag and drop items
      • Highlight text
      • Scroll up/down and left/right
      • Maximize and minimize windows
    • Advance and move back through screen
    • Play, stop, pause and rewind videos
    • Adjust volume
Check out some of the following links to practice technology skills.

Resource

Skill

Clean Up Your Grammar! http://www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/cleanup_eng_launcher.html

  • Using a mouse to drag and drop

CBAS Write (www.cbaswrite.com)

Contact your child's classroom teacher for log-in information.


  • Editing

    • insert letters/words

    • delete letters/words

    • replace letters/words

    • change case

  • Keyboarding

  • Compose at the keyboard

  • Make additional revisions to typed piece (e.g. identify misspelled words and chooses appropriate correction)

Thinking Blocks math game http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

  • Use a number pad

  • Use a mouse to drag and drop

TrueFlix

http://tfx.grolier.com/


Contact your child's classroom teacher about log-in information.

  • Play, pause, rewind, and stop a video

  • Adjust volume on a video

  • Return to a main menu

  • Open/close windows

  • Use a scroll bar to move up/down


Fact Monster

www.factmonster.com

  • Math fact practice

Scholastic Study Jams

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/index.htm

  • Play, pause, rewind, and stop a video

  • Adjust volume on a video

  • Return to a main menu

  • Answer multiple choice questions

  • Use a mouse to perform a single click

  • Identify symbols to advance/move back

Tumblebooks

http://asp.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp

  • Play, pause, rewind, and stop a video

  • Adjust volume on a video

  • Return to a main menu

  • Answer multiple choice questions

  • Use a mouse to perform a single click

  • Identify symbols to advance/move back

ICONN


  • Read online journal articles

  • Age appropriate text

Brain POP Jr.

www.brainpopjr.com


Contact your child's classroom teacher about log-in information.


  • Play, pause, rewind, and stop a video

  • Return to a main menu

  • Answer multiple choice questions

  • Use a mouse to perform a single click

  • Use a mouse to drag and drop

  • Keyboarding

Catalist Audio Books

Follett E Books

https://wbb09851.follettshelf.com/shelf/servlet/presentshelfform.do?site=09851

  • Play, pause, rewind, and stop an audio book

  • Adjust volume on a video

  • Return to a main menu

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