California students and teachers are getting their first taste of the new computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The field test is being administered for all students in grades 3-8 and 11, and some students in grades 9-10.
Each school is assigned a six-week testing window between March 18 and June 6. You can find your school’s testing window at www.californiatac.org.
In preparation, students may take a grade-level practice test that is similar in structure and format to the field test. The practice test has approximately 30 items, plus a performance task, in each area (English language arts/literacy and mathematics).
Also available are training tests, designed to help students quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools they will use on the field test. The training test is organized in grade bands (grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school) and has fewer items than the practice test and no performance tasks. The training test features new item types not previously included in the practice test, and provides the full suite of accessibility and accommodations features, including American Sign Language (ASL) videos for all listening items.
To get the latest information from the California Department of Education, sign up for Field Test Flash. To join, send a blank email to CAASPP@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Meanwhile, here are helpful resources:
Assess the Assessment!
Let us know how Common Core implementation is going in your district. We are planning to conduct a survey about your experiences with the Smarter Balanced Field Test. Stay tuned — you’ll hear from us soon.
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