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Updates to the Smarter Balanced Technology Pages

To prepare schools and districts across the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for successful implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, a variety of updates have been made to the Technology page of the Smarter Balanced website. The Technology page on … Continue reading

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The End of Paper-and-Pencil Exams?

In a recent pilot program, kids as young as nine were asked to respond to online prompts and type out essays on a computer.   Are fourth graders computer-savvy enough to have their writing skills measured in an online assessment? … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Field Test Shows Positive Tech Results

A field test of the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring showed good results when it came to state and school district’s technology preparedness. Twenty-one governing states and the Virgin Islands participated in the Smarter Balanced field test that ran from … Continue reading

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SETDA Announces New Guide to Technology Requirements for Testing

As states and districts prepare for new online assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, successful implementation will depend on effective use of technology: Schools must have the technology they need to administer the tests and ensure that students … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Updated

SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS HAVE NEW FEATURES The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests were released in the spring of 2013 to help students and teachers understand the format of the Smarter Balanced test as well as the tools and resources that … Continue reading

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Field-Testing Set to Begin on Common-Core Exams

Next week marks a major milestone in an assessment project of unprecedented scope: the start of field-testing season for new, shared tests of a common set of academic standards. Between March 24 and June 6, more than 4 million students … Continue reading

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Common Core State Standards Assessments: Are You Ready?

Will districts be tech ready to administer the nation’s new assessments? The Race to the Top Assessment program is ambitious and has the potential to help make far-reaching changes not only in how students are assessed, but also in how … Continue reading

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Free Webinars on the Common Core and Smarter Balanced Testing

What is Smarter Balanced? What Will Assessment Look Like? OCT 10 | 03:30pm-04:45pm (PT) Deborah Sigman, California Department of Education, will share key information on assessment for both ELA (including sample ELA items) and literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Common Core Testing

These words, uttered by teachers, parents, and students, have been part of standardized testing folklore for many years. I’ve “just picked B” many times throughout my educational career, and I’ve survived to tell the tale. (I’m pretty sure I’m not … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Now Available

Teachers, parents, and students across the country can now access Smarter Balanced Practice Tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Consortium recently released sets of example test questions for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy … Continue reading

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