curriculum and assessment

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing in full swing

posted Apr 29, 2014, 8:28 AM by   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 8:30 AM ]

For the past few weeks, students in Caldwell School District's 3rd through 11th grade have been participating in the SBAC Test pilot. This new test replaces the old Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and is aligned to the new Idaho Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. According to the Idaho State Department of Education:

"The field test is essentially a “dress rehearsal,” or an opportunity for all Idaho schools to test the test. Any time the state transitions to a new assessment, our state conducts a Field Test in order to test the validity and reliability of the new test questions. We also test each school's technology and logistics to help schools reduce technical issues related to testing. Idaho chose to conduct a Field Test in all Idaho schools this year, rather than double-testing students on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment as well as the ISAT for several reasons:
    • It gives all students the opportunity to experience the new test and new types of test questions before next year when it becomes fully operational and scores are given.
    • It gives every school, school administrator, and teacher a year to test out their logistics, technology and scheduling before implementing the operational test in Spring 2015.
    • The state will gain better feedback by conducting the Field Test across the entire state, rather than in a selected sample."
For more information about Idaho Common Core Standards, the SBAC test, and what parents can do to help their students with this transition, visit the resources listed in the Idaho Common Core Info section on the Home page of this website.

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