There's a lot that's new about the state assessments—everything from what's in the tests to how your child will be taking them—and we'll provide you with resources on that after the jump cut. But in the end, some things about testing will never change, like making sure your child gets a good night's sleep before the day of the test.
Here are a few things you can do:
- As mentioned, a full night of sleep is priceless.
- Provide a healthy breakfast that isn't too heavy or too loaded with sugar—being groggy or hyperactive won't help.
- Talk to them about the test. Are they nervous? What do they expect from the test?
- Get to school on time!
- Afterward, check in to see what they thought was easy and what was difficult. Emphasize that it's not about scores, but rather about understanding the material.
What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?
What's happening with the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the 2014-15 school year?This is the first year we will be using the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Students from third through eighth grade and high school juniors will be taking it on a computer or tablet, depending on their school site, and we estimate that the assessment will take around eight hours to complete. Students will take it in small time allotments, not all at once. Find out more about SBAC for the 2014-15 school year (Español | 中文).
Why are we using the Common Core State Standards?
It's on a computer?That's right, no more filling in bubbles with a 2B pencil. Having the assessment on a computer means that we aren't limited to multiple-choice questions—students will provide the reasoning behind their answer along with the answer. This way, we can be sure that someone who gets the right answer did so because they understand the basic concepts, not because they guessed correctly.
Students will need a basic level of technology skills. Check out what skills are needed by grade level (Español | 中文).
If you and your children would like to see how the test works, you can try out a practice test online. Review login instructions (Español | 中文) for accessing the test.