Oh my... it starts in 3rd grade!
The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) is the name of a computerized statewide test given to all students in Oregon. Testing starts in 3rd grade and continues through high school, typically after Spring Break. The tests are designed to tie in to the state standards and assure that students are thinking more critically and applying their learning to the real world. The Smarter Balanced test assesses ELA (Reading, Writing, and Listening) and Math. The test is challenging for most students and takes several hours to finish.
To make it less stressful for students, the testing sessions are broken up over several weeks. It will be crucial that your child comes to school well rested during when we are testing so that they can concentrate on the test. Students who come prepared with a good attitude and lots of sleep have typically done well. The scores sure did reflect poorly with those who came in tired!
Check out this site. It gives an easy to understand look at where your child should be in ELA (the Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening areas) and in Math. It also gives suggestions for helping your child. Click here.
This is the site we use to do the practice tests at school. Click here Just click "Practice Tests" and "Sign In" as a guest.
Want to take a peek at sample questions and how they are scored? Click here.
Want more information from the Oregon Department of Education? Click here.
Although it is from another school district, this site gives a nice look at sample questions from each of the parts of the test. Click here.