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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 73

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on January 27, 2014.

Index of archived SBAC e-mail updates

SBAC CDE News

The California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced update is a bimonthly e-mail that reports on current and upcoming Smarter Balanced development activities. To join the CDE Smarter Balanced e-mail list, send a blank e-mail to subscribe-caaspp@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

In this issue:

Smarter Balanced Training Tests Now Available

On January 30, Smarter Balanced released a set of Training Tests to provide a means for students and teachers to:

A Training Test is available for each of three grade bands: grades three through five; grades six through eight; and high school. There are six to nine items per grade band per content area (i.e., ELA and mathematics). The Training Tests contain the same item response types as the Practice Tests, but unlike the Practice Tests, there are no performance tasks or scoring guides for the Training Tests.

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page under “Practice Tests, Training Tests, and Sample Items.”

New Features of the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

On January 30, the following features were added to the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests:

By May 2014, the following additional features are expected to be available in the Practice Tests:

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page under “Practice Tests, Training Tests, and Sample Items.”

All Secure Browsers Now Available for the Smarter Balanced Field Test

The Smarter Balanced Field Test secure browser application for iPads, Chromebooks, and Linux-based computers is now available for download. The secure browsers for Windows, Mac OS X, and Android, which were released last month, also are available on the Smarter Balanced Web site External link opens in new window or tab. .

Questions about the secure browsers should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org.

Additional Information

Additional information about Smarter Balanced is available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page. General questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments should be directed to the CDE California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at caaspp@cde.ca.gov.

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Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | caaspp@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8765
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