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1/31/2014 9:46:00 AM
Teacher and Student Preparation Resources for the Smarter Balanced Field Test

Two testing resources have been developed to support teachers and students for the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test: the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and the Smarter Balanced Training Tests. Each resource is provided in both English language arts (ELA) and math and serves a unique purpose in helping to prepare students for the field test in the spring of 2014.

Practice Tests

The practice tests were released in the spring of 2013 to provide students with a grade-specific testing experience that is similar in format and structure to the Smarter Balanced assessments. The practice tests include a variety of items (approximately 30 items each in ELA and math) as well as an ELA and math performance task at each grade level (3-8, 11). Since spring 2013, new features have been added to the practice test, such as Spanish glossaries and American Sign Language videos. During the next several months, additional features will continue to be added. More information on these updates will be provided in April 2014. The Practice Tests are accessible via the Smarter Balanced Field Test portal: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Training Tests

Smarter Balanced released a Training Test on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The purpose of the Training Test is to provide students with an opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features of the Smarter Balanced tests. The Training Test will be available for grade bands 3-5, 6-8 and high school, and will offer six to nine items per grade band in each content area. The Training Test will include new item types and universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

The Training Test will be accessible via the Smarter Balanced Field Test portal: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

The following communications about the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and Training Test are now available:

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