School Administrative Unit 39

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Smarter Balanced

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-2015 school year.

The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed – regardless of disability, language or subgroup. Smarter Balanced involved experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, 2015).

Information for Students, Parents & Families

  • Smarter Balanced Parent Fact Sheet

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    Provides an overview of the assessment and additional resources parents may access.

    faq-parents.pdf 129.14 KB (Last Modified on January 30, 2017)
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  • NH Department of Education Parent Fact Sheet

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    Provides information regarding New Hampshire's implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

    faq-parents.pdf 129.14 KB (Last Modified on January 30, 2017)
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  • What is the new Smarter Balanced Assessment all about?

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    New Hampshire's Coalition for Business and Education has been a strong supporter of our state's new standards and the new assessment, SBAC, which will be used to measure student progress towards college and career readiness.  This text offers their perspective and support of the standards and assessment.  
    Smarter Balanced Edu_handout.pdf 997.28 KB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Mathematics Timing & Sequencing

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    Outlines different components of the mathematics assessment and estimated student test time.
    Math-Timing-and-Sequencing.pdf 104.91 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • PTA New Hampshire Assessment Guide

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    Offers an introduction and overview of NH's new assessment system and learning standards.
    PTA New Hampshire Assessment Guide.pdf 559.24 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • Practice & Training Test Portal

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    Supports entry into the practice and training test portal for anyone to experience the NEXT Generation of assessment in SBAC.

    Practice_and_Training_Test_Instructions_for_the_Public.pdf 252.63 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • English Language Arts Timing & Sequencing

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    Outlines different components of the English Language Arts Assessment and estimated student test time.

    ELA-Timing-and-Sequencing.pdf 202.14 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing Window

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    Details the testing window for the state of NH.
    sbac-window-TE_nhdoe.pdf 68.95 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • A Guide to the Two State Comprehensive Assessment Consortia

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    Provides a detailed summary and highlights of the transition to the NEXT Generation of student standards for learning (CCSS) and the complementary NEXT Generation of assessments (SBAC and PARCC).

    Coming_Together_June_20131.pdf 3.16 MB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • Moving Beyond the Bubble: Improved Tests are Finally Here!

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    Informs parents and families of how tests have evolved and what is different, in addition to highlighting the overall purpose and goals of the new assessments. This overview provides parents with questions to pose to their students in prompting thinking about the assessment and what they learn in school.

    Beyond the Bubble PTA.pdf 128.73 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • NHDOE FAQ on Privacy and Security of Student Assessment

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    Answers the most commonly posed questions in the state of NH concerned with student privacy and security.

    faq_privacy.pdf 652.06 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • NHDOE FAQ on the Transition to Smarter Balance

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    Answers the most commonly posed questions in the state of NH about the state's transition to Smarter Balanced.

    faq_sbac.pdf 525.46 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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  • Smarter Balanced Creating a Computer Adaptive Test

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    Defines and offers an overview of computer adaptive testing.

    SmarterBalanced-Adaptive Software.pdf 432.19 KB (Last Modified on March 9, 2015)
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Information for Teachers and Administrators

Teachers, School, and District Leaders should use the department’s site as an entry to the many resources available to support the implementation of the college and career readiness standards and the launch of SBAC. In addition to the resources available on this site, teachers and leaders should regularly access materials through the NH SBAC portal as well as the NH Network. Access to both locations requires an account with a username and password.

  • What is a CAT? Module

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    This module describes what a Computer Adaptive Test is and how it works when taking English Language Arts and Mathematics online assessments. It is intended for Students, District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    What-is-a-CAT-Module-FINAL.pptx 9.06 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Performance Task Overview Module

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    This module provides an overview of what a performance task is and the purpose of the Classroom Activity as it pertains to the performance task. It is intended for District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    Performance-Task-Overview-Module-FINAL.pptx 3.91 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Student Interface for Online Testing Module

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    This module explains how to navigate the Student Interface. This module includes how students log into the testing system and select a test, the layout of the test and the functionality of the test tools, and how students navigate through the test. It is intended for Students, District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    Student-Interface-Module-FINAL.pptx 2.83 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Test Administration (TA) Interface for Online Testing Module

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    This module presents an overview on how to navigate the Test Administrator interface. It is intended for District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    TA-Interface-Module-FINAL.pptx 1.55 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Test Administration Overview Module

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    This module gives a general overview of the necessary steps staff needs to know in order to prepare for online test administration. It is intended for District/School Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    Test-Administration-Overview-Module-FINAL.pptx 1.64 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)

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    This module provides an overview of the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). It includes information on logging into TIDE, managing user accounts, managing student information, rosters, and appeals. It is intended for District/School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Teachers.
    TIDE-Module-FINAL.pptx 1.40 MB (Last Modified on March 13, 2015)
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  • Accessibility and Accommodations

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    This training module outlines the designated supports and accommodations available for the online assessments, as described in the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines available on the Smarter Balanced website. Following these Guidelines will contribute to a valid test score for students. 

    Accessibility-and-Accommodations-Module-FINAL.pptx 4.63 MB (Last Modified on March 11, 2015)
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  • Embedded Universal Tools and Online Features

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    This training module will help prepare you for using the embedded universal tools and online features when taking the online assessments. This PowerPoint can be shared with students to teach them about the tools and features. 

    Embedded-Universal-Tools-and-Online-Features.pptx 3.85 MB (Last Modified on March 11, 2015)
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