It’s Spring Test Prep Season!

Testing season will soon be upon us!  Check out the following timeline to be prepared.

Learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment directly from their website:

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).”

Take their practice tests:

The end game-Take the SBA 11th Grade Practice Math Test

Just for more fun- take the PARCC Math practice tests too!



Our friends at have a great post about practice tests to send to your local school board.  Go to the following link:

Here is a sample of what they wrote:


Do school board directors have any idea what the “high stakes tests” like the SBAC are really like?

On April 2nd 2016 we emailed EVERY school director in SWW this document:SWW_School_Board_SBAC_Policy

In this document we challenge them to take the 8th grade practice testing for SBAC and share their scores with us so we can share them with the public. The old adage “If it’s good for the goose it’s good for the gander” is true. How can the people in charge of demanding students take an exam that has no validity, no proof of value, has no benchmarks, can’t be compared to any past test, takes precious time away from teaching, adds costs and creates stress….for no value…how can those “leaders” make the demand?

If you agree with us then please reach out to your local school board directors and “DEMAND” that they walk the talk…when you do let us know your thoughts and the response.

March 26, 2016   This is a Common Core testing link update. The following links will take you to examples of the CC testing questions:

Be sure to check out our blog posts:

And yes, they will teach towards the test.