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