On May 19, 2014, Smarter Balanced will be deploying a new enhanced version of the Smarter Balanced Practice Test. This new practice test will include all of the language supports (i.e. pop up glossaries, Braille, and American Sign Language (ASL), etc.), as well as all of the accommodations (i.e. Text to Speech, color overlay, etc.). New Math and English Language Arts/Literacy Performance Tasks will also be deployed that include all of the accommodations, language supports and designated supports.
The Old Practice Test will be discontinued and the items will be removed from the Smarter Balanced Field Test portal on the evening of May 16, 2014. This means that districts and schools should print out these sample items now, before they are removed permanently from the portal. The uploading of the new practice test and the removal of the old practice test will occur during the scheduled testing downtime on May 17-18, 2014. For additional information, you can access the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests via http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.