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Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Update - March 7, 2013

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Pilot test launched February 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm Pacific time. Testing began with grades 7, 8 and 9 in mathematics and grades 7 and 8 in English Language Arts/Literacy, in 337 scientifically selected schools across twenty-one states. Thirty-seven of these schools are in Oregon, including schools in Clackamas, Coos, Crook, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Sherman, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill counties. While the majority of the Pilot Test (scientific sample) launched on February 20, 2013, special forms will be available for schools by March 14, 2013; participating schools will be notified directly once these forms are ready to launch. These forms are to be used in 7th grade only:
  • Spanish side-by-side translation (Math)
  • Online Spanish Glossary (Math)
  • Braille (Math and ELA)
  • Text-to-Speech (Math and ELA)
  • Online English Glossary (Math)

Participating schools with questions:
Schools not selected as part of the scientific sample may still volunteer to participate through an online survey; to date 128 Oregon schools have volunteered. Oregon schools can sign up to participate in the volunteer portion of the Pilot Test by completing the online survey before Wednesday, March 27, 2013: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SmarterBalancedPilot

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium system--with formative, interim and summative components--is designed to provide better information and tools to improve teaching and learning. As a Smarter Balanced lead state, Oregon plays a leading role in the development of next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Educators from Oregon have participated in the development and review of assessment items, achievement level descriptors, and test specifications.

For more information on the Pilot Test, visit: www.ode.state.or.us/go/smarter or http://www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/ or to access the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test Portal: http://sbac.portal.airast.org

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