Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) English Language Arts (ELA) and Math:
Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
Students are tested in four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking/listening, research. Type of questions possible: narrative, opinion, explanatory/informative for grades 3-5; narrative, explanatory/information, argumentative for grades 6-8. This component of the SBAs adapts to the skill level of the student as questions are answered.
Performance Task (PT)
Students are tested in two skill areas: writing, research. The first part of the PT requires the student to read a passage and answer three research questions. Next, the student has to write an explanatory/informational, narrative or opinion piece using the sources read. PTs are intended to demonstrate real-world problem solving.
Further information can be found in the attached documents and if you really want to get into the nitty gritty, take a look at the blueprints below:
Sample Test Questions:
ELA Sample Booklet
Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Sample test booklet” in the grade level band you wish to view.
Sample Math Booklet
Again, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the grade level you wish to view.
These samples are for paper/pencil assessments, but they will give you an idea of what the questions are like. Also, if you click on a grade level under “Assessment Resources by Grade” you will have access to more testing resources including the “cluster quizzes”.
Training and Practice Tests:
See the simple comparison of training and practice tests attached.
Practice and Training Tests (provide this link to your families). At the sign in page, the student would sign in as a guest so no changes are needed, just click on “sign in”. Grade selection is made next, click “yes” then the available tests are listed.