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2014-2015 District Trimester Assessment Windows

Trimester 1: Nov. 3-18

Trimester 2: Feb. 10-20

Trimester 3: May 18 - 27

2014-2015 District Trimester Calendars

SchoolCity Testing

If you are a student, please click here to access your SchoolCity assessment.

Assessment

SBAC Teacher Guides

Click here to find out more information about the SBAC test design and the kinds of tasks your students will be asked to complete.

Purpose of Assessment Cycles from the CA ELA/ELD Framework

Purpose of Assessment Cycles from the CA ELA/ELD Framework

Making SBAC Scores Count - Informing our Instruction

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is comprised of claims and targets that can be used together to make statements about student achievement.

The claim is a broad statement that will outline the outcomes that are achieved with mastery of the standards within it.  Within each claim are a variety of assessment targets that further clarify the knowledge and specific skills that cross over a cluster of standards.   

 

English Language Arts:

Claim 1, Reading: Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts. 

Claim 2, Writing: Students can produce effect and well-grounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences.

Claim 3, Speaking & Listening: Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.

Claim 4, Research: Students can engage in research/inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information.

 

Mathematics: 

Claim 1, Concepts & Procedures: Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency. 

Claim 2, Problem Solving: Students can solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.

Claim 3, Communicating Reasoning: Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.

Claim 4, Modeling & Data Analysis: Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems

What does research tell us about effective assessment?

Seven Strategies - Assessment FOR Learning

from Jan Chappius

Where am I going?

1. Provide students with a clear and understandable vision of the learning target.

2. Use examples and models of strong and weak work.

Where am I now?

3. Offer regular descriptive feedback.

4. Teach students to self-assess and set goals.

How can I close the gap?

5. Design lessons to focus on one learning target or aspect of quality at a time.

6. Teach students focused revision.

7. Engage students in self-reflection, and let them keep track of and share their learning.

SBAC Practice Test

Students who feel more confident with the format of the assessment will have a better chance to demonstrate their learning when taking the test. 

Click here to access the SBAC Practice and Training Tests

 

SBAC Student Video

The CDE produced a video to help students understand more about the upcoming SBAC assessment. Click here to access the video.

Grade Level SBAC Claim Information: