Release of New Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
All Grades

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The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests will be updated on May 19, 2014. The current Practice and Training Tests will be replaced by refreshed Practice Tests that more closely mirror the operational assessments. The tests will include new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations.

  • New mathematics features:
    • Range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment
    • Range of difficulty for a grade level will span from “very easy” to “very difficult”; performance tasks will utilize more open-ended response types to allow students to explain their thinking on complex, real world problems
    • Improvements to question wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts
  • New English–language arts features:
    • New or revised reading and listening passages
    • Improvements to wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts
    • Questions that include the range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment, including matching tables and short-text questions
    • Revised scoring rubrics for teacher use
  • Usability, accessibility and accommodations features
    • For the math assessment in every grade, glossaries are available in ten languages
    • Full stacked Spanish translation