Smarter Balanced Releases Online Tests for Students

June 21, 2013 • 1,025 views

To help prepare students for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-2015 school year, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has posted online practice tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades three through eight.
“Common Core defines the knowledge students should acquire at each grade level in English language arts and mathematics,” said El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno.  “This will require higher order thinking skills as well as applications that include the use of data and technology.”
According to Salerno, the practice test examples provide an early look at next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core and provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured on the summative assessment beginning in 2014.  He encourages teachers, parents and students to take a look at what is expected for 2014-2015 school year.
“The practice tests allow teachers and students to experience the higher level of rigor associated with Common Core tests and gain familiarity with the online test delivery system,” said Deborah Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the California Department of Education and Smarter Balanced Executive Committee Co-Chair.
“The El Monte Union High School District is committed to ensuring our curriculum reflects the knowledge and skills our students will need in the real world,” said Salerno.  “Common Core requires more rigor from students and require students to apply their knowledge in different settings and scenarios.”
The practice tests are freely available on the Smarter Balanced website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/.
According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, “the Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California will take our state’s already world-class standards to a new level, emphasizing a deep understanding of English language arts and mathematics to ensure our students complete high school, ready to thrive in college and careers.”
“As our students face a constantly changing world, we want to insure they graduate high school with the real world skills they will need to succeed in college and the workplace,” added Salerno.  “Common Core is, in essence, a shift to 21st century skills that promote college and career readiness and success.”
For more information, visit www.smarterbalanced.org.

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