Students at Michael J. Castori Elementary School will participate in the Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessments in grades third through sixth. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing the Common Core State Standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers.The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace existing assessments and provide an academic checkup by measuring students’ real-world skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, they will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help. This Field Test will help ensure the assessments are accurate and fair for all students. The Field Test also will give teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness.
Each Smarter Balanced state individually determined how schools and students would be selected to take the Field Test. At Castori, students in grades third through fifth will take a math and language arts test as well as a performance task in math. For our sixth grade students, they will take a math and language arts test, and a performance task in language arts.
The Field Test represents one of the final stages in a lengthy development process working to ensure the Smarter Balanced assessment system aligns to the Common Core State Standards accurately. Smarter Balanced is committed to producing assessments that are accurate and fair for all students. If you are interested in learning more about the Smarter Balanced Field Test and the variety of usability, accessibility, and accommodations for all students, please visit http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/suppor-for-under-represented-students/ . To learn more about the Field Test, visit: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/field-test/.
The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Field Test is: April 2017 to May 2017. Look for specific dates your child will be testing in future communications.