(Almost) Everything you need to know about the Smarter Balanced Assessment itself

**Be sure to also check out our post**

https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/proven-facts-valid-opinions-about-the-smarter-balanced-assessment/

 

Testing season will soon be upon us!  Check out the following timeline to be prepared.
http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/timelines-calendars.aspx

Learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment directly from their website: https://www.smarterbalanced.org/

Here is the format of the test.  See their blueprints.
https://portal.smarterbalanced.org/library/en/mathematics-summative-assessment-blueprint.pdf

https://portal.smarterbalanced.org/library/en/elaliteracy-summative-assessment-blueprint.pdf

Content Specifications
https://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ELA_Content_Specs.pdf
https://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Mathematics-Content-Specifications.pdf

Know the difference between the interim assessment and formative assessment.

The Optional Periodic Test
“Optional interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them information they can use to improve their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards. These tools are used at the discretion of schools and districts, and teachers can employ them to check students’ progress at mastering specific concepts at strategic points during the school year. The interim assessments consist of the following features:
Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) that test the same content and report scores on the same scale as the summative assessments.
Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes.

High-quality test items that are developed in the same way as those used for the summative assessments.
Questions that can be machine scored by the Smarter Balanced Test Delivery Engine (some questions such as constructed-response items and performance tasks need to be scored by teachers locally).”
http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Interim-Assessment-Statement-Purpose-FINALmerged.pdf

 

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Formative-Assessment-Process.pdf

http://corelaboratewa.org/air-ways-using-sba-interim-tests/

 

Take their practice tests:  
http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/practice-and-training-tests/

http://wa.portal.airast.org/training-tests/

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/sample-questions/

The end game-Take the SBA 11th Grade Practice Math Test https://coalitiontoprotectourpublicschools.org/end-the-unfair-sbac-test/take-the-sbac-11th-grade-practice-math-test

Just for more fun- take the PARCC Math practice tests too!
https://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/math/

 

Should your child be Opted Out?  Depends on graduation requirements for high school.  At this time, there is no Delink passed by the WA State Legislature
http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx

If your child is younger than in high school, then learn more at: https://optoutwashington.org/

Here is an electronic Opt Out awareness event that you can share with your friends: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1892005801032908/

 

Here is the playbook on how the state is dealing with parents who want to Opt Out.

http://www.wera-web.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Generic-Assessment-Refusal-Procedures-and-Form-2-26-15.pdf

***This is an easy form to download and tweak the wording and then save as a PDF. You can “electronically sign it” using YOUR NAME and converting to the font: Right click-FONT- change to “Script MT Bold”. Electronic, Hassle-Free. You can change the wording from Refusal to OPT OUT**********

 

 Be sure to look at the State Report Card for Test Scores

http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&yrs=2015-16&year=2015-16

State Superintendent of Instruction’s Office uses Common Core Math…and gets it wrong!

http://www.swweducation.org/?p=3170

 

SBA Test – Washington State – Real Example

http://www.swweducation.org/?p=3355

 

Parents have the right to see their child’s SBA/MSP Science test questions and responses.

http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/StudentRecordRequest.aspx

http://testscoreguide.org/wa/sample/

Getting a copy of the SBAC test and results – a saga – a Mother’s Story

http://www.swweducation.org/?p=2428

 

***Always be an informed parent and speak with multiple people!  The decision is yours.  Remember that you can order a different kind of test on your own and administer it like the homeschoolers do.

https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/testing/tmain.aspx

https://www.familylearning.org/tests_cat_survey.php

http://edugreat.com/get/standardizedtesting.asp

https://www.erblearn.org/services/ctp-overview

http://www.setontesting.com/cat/

 

The PARCC might be subsumed by SBAC

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/will-parcc-and-smarter-balanced-become-one-details-from-parccs-request-to-help-chart-its-future/

 

Smarter Balanced Looking for New Fiscal Agent After UCLA Ends Agreement

https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/smarter-balanced-looking-new-fiscal-agent-ucla-ends-agreement/

Be sure to also check out our post

https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/proven-facts-valid-opinions-about-the-smarter-balanced-assessment/

 

More Info:

https://coalitiontoprotectourpublicschools.org/latest-news/states-leave-common-core-sbac-and-parcc-tests-like-rats-deserting-a-sinking-ship

http://archive.northjersey.com/news/new-furor-over-n-j-tests-as-student-privacy-concerns-raised-1.1290700

 

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