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SBAC • Tuesday, February 17th

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, otherwise known as SBAC, is replacing the annual standardized NECAP assessments. While the NECAPS were designed to measure students’ academic knowledge and skills relative to Vermont’s Framework of Standards, the new SBAC tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and education experts, the CCSS were officially adopted by VT in 2010, and implemented over the next four school years. Now in full implementation, the CCSS establishes clear goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The purpose of the SBAC is to assess the full range of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades three through eight and eleven. The SBAC measures current student achievement and growth across time, showing progress toward college and career readiness.

The SBAC is administered online through a secure browser and is comprised of two main sections, the Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and the Performance Task. There are two tests in the CAT, one for Math and one for Literacy. Each test will take approximately two hours. The test begins with the computer selecting the first question for the student (grade level, moderate difficulty). If the student answers the question correctly, the computer selects a harder question conversely, if the student answers incorrectly the computer selects an easier question. The variance of degree falls within two grade levels above and below and one grade level below in grade three. The process is repeated until the computer shrinks the band of confidence and hones in on the best possible estimate of the student’s achievement score.

The computer generated Performance Task also assesses Math and Literacy and includes a short multi-step classroom activity. Each test will take approximately two each as well. The Performance Task’s objective is for the student to synthesize a variety of real-world information (e.g. readings, video clips, data, etc.) and demonstrate their knowledge in a constructed response.

Representatives from the Agency of Education recommend that students need to know what the test will look like before the official administration of the test. To that end, our grade three to eight students have been taking practice and training tests The full length practice test is much like the actual test, although not adaptive. The six to nine item modified training test walks students through all response type questions so they are familiar with the features of the test. You can take the practice tests along with your children at home through the following link: Click Here. The 12 week assessment window opens March 17th, so please stay tuned for more updates and information regarding SBAC. Learn more by visiting the Smarter Balanced website: Click Here.

Thank you,
Eric Arnzen
Principal at Grand Isle School
Modified by eriarnz@gisu.org on 2015-02-17


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