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SLMS and FHS Participating in SBAC Field Testing

posted Apr 25, 2014, 1:18 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Apr 25, 2014, 1:18 PM ]
Fife High School 11th graders have been participating in the English Language Arts Field Test for the new SBAC test. SLMS will begin field testing in both English Language Arts and Math in a few weeks. For more information about this field test, please read the OSPI news release below:

2 Million Students Complete Smarter Balanced Field Test
Practice run of assessments aligned to the Common Core proceeding on schedule 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — April 24, 2014 — Member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium reached a significant milestone this week as 2 million students completed either a full English language arts or mathematics Field Test. Launched on March 25, the Field Test is a practice run that allows teachers and students to gain experience with computerized assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This effort is one of the largest in history, with more than 3 million students expected to participate through June 6.

“Congratulations to the thousands of teachers and administrators across the Consortium who contributed to a successful launch of the Field Test,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., executive director of Smarter Balanced. “One of the goals of a practice run is to uncover challenges before the assessments are implemented in spring 2015. So far, we have encountered minor technology and administrative issues that we worked quickly to resolve. Smarter Balanced is committed to providing additional training and support to ensure that students and teachers have a productive experience with the Field Test.”

The Smarter Balanced Field Test is part of an unprecedented collaboration among states to develop online college- and career-ready assessments. During the 12-week testing window this spring, more students will participate in the Field Test than any other online assessment. The Smarter Balanced website provides daily updates on the number of tests completed.

In addition, the Field Test showcases the Consortium’s commitment to accessibility for all students. Smarter Balanced has developed a comprehensive suite of accessibility resources to ensure that all students can demonstrate what they know and can do. Three-tiered Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines include universal tools (available to all students), designated supports (for use by any student as indicated by a knowledgeable educator), and accommodations (available to students for whom there is a documented need). Students can access a combination of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations to meet their testing needs.

The language supports available on Smarter Balanced assessments exemplify the Consortium’s approach to responsible flexibility. English glossaries are available as a universal tool to all students. In addition, the mathematics assessments provide native-language glossaries as a designated support. Students can have access to an English glossary only, a native-language glossary only, or both. Glossaries are available for terms that do not relate to the knowledge or skill that a question tests. There are glossaries in 10 languages, plus multiple dialects, and English language learners are already benefiting from these supports during the Field Test. To learn more about the Consortium’s accessibility resources, visit:

Each Smarter Balanced state individually determined how schools and students would be selected to take the Field Test. In some states, a representative sample of students will participate—10 percent of students for each subject area. In others, the Field Test will be administered more broadly. In five states—California, Connecticut, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota—all or nearly all students in the tested grades are participating in the Field Test. Because questions may be revised or dropped after Field Test responses are analyzed, students will not receive scores. For more information on the Field Test, visit:


About Smarter Balanced
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together states to create a shared, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for success in college and careers. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven assessment development process. The Consortium’s projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the generous contributions of charitable foundations. Membership is open to any interested U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. For more information, please visit