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11/8/2012 10:27:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Pilot Test 2013 Update

The Smarter Balanced Pilot test window will be February 20 - May 10, 2013. All Oregon schools will be encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Administration. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will select a sample of Oregon schools to participate in the Pilot based on pre-determined demographic criteria to ensure that the Pilot is carried out with a sample that is representative of consortium states. Schools selected as part of the scientific sample will be assigned a two-week testing window during the February to May 2013 timeframe. To the degree possible, window assignment will be scheduled to avoid extensive overlap with OAKS and ELPA testing. Schools that volunteered for the Pilot Test that were not selected as part of the scientific sample will be able to administer a released set of Pilot Test items to their students.

Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Timeline:

Late November 2012: ODE will be notified in regard to which schools were selected for the Scientific Sample.

Late November 2012: ODE will contact district superintendents of schools that were selected for the Scientific Sample via email.

Late November 2012-January 2013: AIR will contact schools that were selected for the Scientific Sample by phone.

December 2012-March 2013: Schools that are part of the Scientific Sample will be contacted via email in regard to Pilot Test training opportunities.

January 2013-February 2013: Schools that were not selected for the Scientific Sample, but volunteered for the Pilot Test will be contacted via email.

February 20 2013: State Leads and Schools that were selected for the Scientific Sample will be contacted announcing the testing window is open.

May 10, 2013: Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Window Closes.

In addition to the opportunities provided by the Pilot Test, interested stakeholders will also continue to find other opportunities to preview the Smarter Balanced assessment design and general content by reviewing the materials posted to date, such as:
  • Content Specifications
  • Item Specifications
  • Sample Items
As well as by viewing materials that will be made available following the Pilot Test, such as:
  • Training test and Tutorials
  • Non-secure Pilot released items
  • Field Test
For further information about the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test please contact Rachel Aazzerah via email at rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us eMail.

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