SBAC CDE News
The California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced update is a biweekly e-mail that reports on current and upcoming Smarter Balanced development activities. To join the CDE Smarter Balanced electronic mailing list, send a blank e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue:
- Spring 2013 Pilot Test Frequently Asked Questions
- Deadline for Feedback on Draft Initial Achievement Level Descriptors
Spring 2013 Pilot Test Frequently Asked Questions
Smarter Balanced has released a document to address frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the spring 2013 pilot test. A link to this document is posted on the CDE Smarter Balanced pilot test Web page through the link to “Spring 2013 Pilot Test.” The pilot test Web page also provides a search feature to display schools, by county and district, selected for the scientific component of the pilot test and a hyperlink to the online survey schools can complete to volunteer to participate in the volunteer component of the pilot test.
For questions about recruitment, contact Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) by phone at 800‑847-3193 or by e-mail at email@example.com. For general questions or specific questions about the pilot test, contact American Institutes for Research (AIR) Helpdesk by phone at 866-815-7246 or by e-email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Deadline for Feedback on Draft Achievement Level Descriptors
The public comment period for the Smarter Balanced draft achievement level descriptors (ALDs) ends January 15, 2013. The draft ALDs and online survey for providing feedback are available on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Web site . Smarter Balanced hosted a public Webinar on December 17 to provide an overview of achievement level descriptors and instructions for submitting feedback. A recording of this Webinar will be posted on the Smarter Balanced Web site the week of January 7. Anyone reviewing and providing feedback on the draft ALDs is encouraged to view this presentation.
General questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments should be directed to the CDE Statewide Assessment Transition Office by phone at 916-445-8517 or by e-mail at email@example.com.