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SBAC E-mail Update Issue 71

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) e-mail update sent out on December 16, 2013.

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:

Spring 2014 Field Test: Participation Expectations

During the spring 2014 Field Test, five percent of students will take items from one content area (i.e., English-language arts or mathematics) and ninety-five percent of students will take items from both content areas. The participation expectations for the spring 2014 Field Test are as follows:

Local educational agency (LEA) staff can direct questions about the Smarter Balanced Field Test to the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

Smarter Balanced has just released a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to accompany the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. The Guidelines document, which was approved by Smarter Balanced governing states in September 2013, provides three categories of support for students taking the Smarter Balanced assessments: universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. These supports are intended to be used beginning with the spring 2014 Field Test. The Guidelines and accompanying FAQs are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page.

More 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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