The California Department of Education has slated the Smarter Balanced Field Test, a test of the state’s new assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards, to occur between March 18 and June 6, 2014.
Rather than half the students in a district taking English-language arts (ELA) and half taking math, as originally planned, the state is moving to a model that allows all students to take a smaller sample test of both ELA and math. The field test will be fully computer-based. The following will be tested:
- Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11.
- A small sample of grade 9 and grade 10 students.
The field test will not be computer adaptive, and each test will include a performance task in addition to multiple choice, matching, fill-in tables, drag and drop, graphing, short text and essay items.
The field test will assess the validity and reliability of more than 20,000 newly developed test items. The spring 2014 field test will give all education stakeholders a look at the future assessment system. Schools will test within six-week windows. The field test data is not valid for assessment progress, so no student scores will be generated.
Find details about the Smarter Balanced Field Test at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp.
Need more information? Contact the CDE Statewide Assessment Transition Office at 916-445-8517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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