New Practice Test Resources Available
As students and teachers return to the classroom over the next few weeks, schools are moving forward with implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The 2013-14 school year will bring major milestones for Smarter Balanced, including the launch of the Field Test in the spring. By this time next year, we will be preparing for the launch of the assessment system.
To help schools get ready, Smarter Balanced released online Practice Tests in grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in May. The Practice Tests provide an important opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core.
Over the summer, a number of enhancements were made to the Practice Tests, including the availability of additional test forms for special populations, mathematics performance tasks, downloadable scoring guides, and a help desk to support teachers and other users. Details about these enhancements are available in the July/August Smarter News.