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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Pilot Test Update - December 13, 2012

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be working with schools from partner states around the country to pilot test items this spring. Smarter Balanced will be conducting both a scientific pilot and a broader, non-scientific pilot. The Oregon schools which will participate in the scientific pilot have been identified and were notified by ODE in late November. Selected schools will also be contacted by the American Institutes of Research’s (AIR) recruiting partner, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), between early December 2012 and January 2013 to be formally invited to participate in the pilot test.

The schools, approximately 10% in each state, were selected based on predetermined demographic criteria, to ensure that the pilot items are administered to a representative sample of students. These schools will provide critical data about the items developed to date as well as about how the system is functioning.

While the schools participating in the scientific pilot have been selected, other schools can still participate and add to this important work. All interested schools are encouraged to participate in the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test. All schools that volunteer will receive an opportunity to administer a version of the assessment. Schools are invited to indicate their interest in volunteering for the pilot by registering via an online survey 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. Only one content area (ELA or mathematics) will be administered for each grade within a school. The released test items will be available for the other grades and content areas.

Technical Requirements for Participation
The online test delivery system will work on a variety of hardware/operating system configurations. Computers used for the pilot test 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 Balanced states in early December.

Accommodations and Testing Features
Some of the most common online accommodations and testing features will be available for the pilot. The accommodations on the pilot test will not be representative of the full array of accommodations and testing features that will ultimately be available.

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 AIR at smarterbalancedpilot@air.org 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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