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 email@example.com.
In this issue:
- Access to Test Information Distribution Engine System Now Available for LEAs
- Field Test Training Modules and Informational Videos for Local Educational Agencies
Access to Test Information Distribution Engine System Now Available for LEAs
The online Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) system for California users, along with the TIDE User Guide for California users, are now available on the California Smarter Balanced Field Test Portal . TIDE allows authorized users to create new administrative users and modify roles within their local educational agency and manage default test settings and accommodations for students.
Field Test Training Modules and Informational Videos for Local Educational Agencies
Online training modules are available through the California Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Field Test portal to assist LEA staff and students in preparing for the Smarter Balanced Field Test. The videos, which vary in length from about five to 60 minutes, provide information topics such as:
- What is a Field Test?
- The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
- Universal Tools
- What is a CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)?
- Performance Task Overview
- Student Interface for Online Testing
- Technology Requirements for Online Testing
- Accessibility and Accommodations
- Test Administrator Interface for Online Testing
In addition to these modules, two new videos are available that provide information to high school and middle school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test. The videos introduce students to the Field Test and explain the significant contribution they will make in helping to create the operational tests for 2014–15. The videos are posted at the following links:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.