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3/7/2014 9:40:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Practice Test Software Update

Smarter Balanced had planned to update the Practice Test in late April 2014, and had originally announced plans to take the test offline to make those changes from April 26 to April 29, 2014. In order to ensure that the items on the Practice Test are fully updated and that the full suite of accessibility resources are included, Smarter Balanced has postponed the release of the updated Practice Test until May 19, 2014. The downtime previously scheduled for late April has been cancelled and rescheduled for the weekend of May 17-18, 2014. Unfortunately, because the Practice Test and Training Test operate from the same platform, it also will be necessary to take the Training Test offline on May 17-18, 2014.

As a reminder, the Training Test currently includes all new item types and all accessibility and accommodations features that will be provided on the Field Test.

The Smarter Balanced Practice Test and Training Test can be accessed via the Smarter Balanced Field Test portal at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Timeline for Practice Test Update

Saturday, May 17 - Sunday, May 18 Scheduled downtime for the Training and Practice Tests
Monday, May 19 Release of the updated Practice Test


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