Dear Parents and Friends,
It feels as if the last few weeks have been consumed with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Assessments. These are State tests administered in grades 3 through 8, and also in grade 11 that have replaced the NECAP test. The SBAC assessments are administered to the students on their Chromebooks. Technologically, there have been no issues at all with the test.
Students in grade 3 finished both the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math tests (except for students who were absent); students in grades 4-6 finished the ELA assessments and will begin the Math assessments next week.
Both subject areas had two tests -- one that was multiple choice and short answers called the Summative CAT. CAT stands for Computer Adaptive Test. The other was called the Summative Performance Task (PT). The PT also had a Classroom Activity that needed to be taught prior to taking the test.
The tests are long. The CAT has taken students anywhere from 1 hour to 2 ½ hours to complete.