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11/28/2012 2:06:00 PM
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Pilot Test Update

The scientific sample of schools to participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter) Pilot test in Oregon have been identified, and schools that were selected to participate will be notified by ODE on November 30, 2012 via email (School Principal and District Test Coordinator). The “Scientific” component will impact a representative sample of schools and will provide critical data about the items developed to date as well as about how the system is functioning. Schools (approximately 10% in each state) will be selected to participate in this scientific pilot based on predetermined demographic criteria, to ensure that the pilot items are administered to a representative sample of students. Selected schools will also be contacted by the American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) recruiting partner, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), between early December 2012 and January 2013 to be invited to participate in the scientific component of the Pilot Test.

All schools that are not selected for the scientific component are still encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Smarter Pilot. All schools that volunteer will receive an opportunity to administer a version of the assessment using released test items. Schools are invited to indicate their interest in volunteering for the Pilot by registering via an online survey located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SmarterBalancedPilot.

Administration Time
For scheduling purposes, schools should plan for approximately three hours of testing, per grade per content area. Testing times will vary depending on the subject area, grade, and type of module provided. Scientifically selected schools will be requested to administer the Pilot in no more than two grades, and only one content area (ELA or mathematics) will be administered for each grade within a school. The voluntary pilot using release test items will be available for the other grades and content areas.

Technical Requirements for Participation
The Pilot’s online test delivery system will work on a variety of hardware/operating system configurations. Computers used for the Pilot administration must meet certain minimum requirements to function effectively. Most current systems will work, with the caveat that faster processors and more hard drive space will improve performance. Detailed information on minimum specifications for Smarter systems will be made available to all Smarter states on December 4, 2012.

Accommodations and Testing Features
Some of the most common online accommodations and testing features will be available for the Pilot. However, the accommodations on the Pilot will not be representative of the full array of accommodations and testing features that will ultimately be available during operational testing.

Important Dates
The table below presents upcoming key activities related to the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test.

Activity Dates
Interested schools volunteer to participate via the online survey November 2012 – January 2013
Scientifically selected schools contacted to confirm their participation in the pilot Late-November 2012 – January 2013
Online training test is available Mid-January 2013
Smarter Pilot Test window February 20 – May 10, 2013


For further information, please contact Rachel Aazzerah via email at rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us eMail.

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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Kathleen Vanderwall Email    (503) 947-5721
    Assessment - Manager, Test Design & Implementation
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