Smarter Balanced Updates. Getting Ready for 2014-15 Administration. Jan Martin Jan.firstname.lastname@example.org 605-773-3246. Field Test Overview. Smarter Balanced Field Test in South Dakota by the numbers. 150/151 Public school systems 20/20 BIE/Tribal systems 36/53 Non-public systems
Getting Ready for 2014-15 Administration
150/151 Public school systems
20/20 BIE/Tribal systems
36/53 Non-public systems
70,560 student took tests
279,137 tests started
278,164 tests submitted
1,200+ district personnel involved
4 SD DOE Staff with tech support from BIT
in the elementary, more significant issues.
If students and staff did practice tests, the field test went smoother
Tech staff must be involved
Shift to on-line testing created confusion and concerns with accommodations
Text-to-speech and sound the biggest problem across all respondents.
Help desk was used with varying success
Overall, for the field test, it went well. We all knew the test would be challenging. As a parent, my own son came home and shared that he was very glad that the writing part could be done with a keyboard. He stated, “I don’t like to write, but if I could do it on a computer,…that makes it a lot easier! I wrote a lot for the Smarter Balanced test!”
Smarter Balanced is more than a single test!
Test Window – March 2 – May 15, 2015
(Grade 11 starts testing March 30)
By late fall, public schools will have access to resources for formative (Digital Library) and interim assessments (comprehensive and content blocks) .
In early November, all participating states will vote on the achievement levels for each grade and each content.
Digital Library & Interim Assessments
Comprehensive fixed form interim assessment
Blocks for specific elements such as literary reading
Adaptive interim assessment
Scoring of constructed-response items done at local level and added to the student score for a complete score.
First of the interim assessments will be live early January
Optional for use at the local level
One more resource to better understand the assessment system
Install browsers after updates are released
Control automatic updates for Google and Apple products
Install Julie voicepack for Windows machines
Set designated supports and accommodations in ART (was TIDE)
Determine who will be administering tests
All test administrators must go through online training
Non-certified staff can’t administer tests
Keep IC up to date
What is a CAT?
Administration and Registration Tools (ART)
Smarter Balanced Test Administration Overview
Test Administrator Interface
Performance Task Overview
Accessibility and Accommodations
Anyone involved with administration will be required to watch all modules and pass an on-line training test.
Modules and test will be available with plenty of time to complete needed training.
Plan a minimum of 4 days or time for at least 7 sessions (4 sessions for ELA and 3 for Math) plus time for classroom activities.
The CAT tests must be divided into several sessions so students can have breaks. The test is untimed.
Classroom activities must be done before the performance task is administered.
Once a CAT is started, student has 45 days to complete before test expires.
Once a PT is started, student has 10 days to complete before test expires.
Information on Achievement Level Descriptors and Content Claims http://www.smarterbalanced.org/achievement-levels/
Overall claims are focused on progress toward college and career readiness in the subject
Reading Literary Texts
Security issues are of the utmost importance and districts must revisit their cell phone policies and practices. Students can not have a cell phone on their body during testing sessions. Department policy is that there are no cell phones allowed in a testing session.
JDC/Colony/other juvenile facilities without internet access – paper/pencil will be available and managed in a different manner. Paper/pencil is limited and not available for except for the special cases.
As more details are available, district coordinators will be sent information.
Main Smarter Balanced Contact:
Jan Martin email@example.com
Beth Schiltz firstname.lastname@example.org