This spring, school districts in Central Oregon will be administering the new Smarter Balanced Assessment to students.
How have local districts prepared for the assessment?
School districts in Central Oregon have been carefully preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment for quite some time. Through professional development and training, teachers have been familiarized with both the content and format of this new assessment. Each school district has made strides to ensure that appropriate technology and infrastructure are in place. School assessment schedules have been developed. Districts have carefully scheduled testing times to minimize disruption of regular classroom routines. Additionally, in 2013-2014, several districts opted to participate in the Smarter Balanced Field Test to gain familiarity with the new assessment.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment measures progress toward common core learning standards. Classroom instruction is aligned to these standards and therefore students are being familiarized with the content of the assessment on a daily basis. In addition, teachers have been preparing students for the new testing format, which includes a variety of question types (e.g., multiple choice, multiple answer, short answer, and essay).
How can I help prepare my student for the assessment?
There are many things you can do to help ensure your student is prepared for maximum success on days of assessment. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast. Try not to schedule big events or appointments on the same day. Be sure to pack healthy snacks for the day. Stay positive and encourage your child to put forth their best effort!
If you have questions about testing or testing schedules, please contact your child’s teacher.
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