SBAC testing, the California state standardized test, is quickly approaching for 3rd through 5th graders. The testing period is April 17 - May 12. By now, your teacher has likely notified you about your child’s testing schedule.
SBAC stands for Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. Students will take a math, reading, writing, and reasoning test. They will test Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during testing administration, which will take place on certain (not all) weeks of the official testing period. Each day/portion of the test is around 2 hours, but all portions of the assessment are untimed.
Why is this test important?
This test was created with teacher input to…
- Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in mathematics and English language arts at his or her grade level
- Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday
- Match the learning goals of each grade level
- Assess critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills, which are needed for success in college and a 21st century career.
The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays.
What should I expect after my student takes the test?
As you may remember from last year’s score report, each subject will be broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on the student’s needs, teachers can use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs.
But remember, the results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.
How can I support my child to be prepared during the testing window?
All students should come to school on time, well-rested, having had a healthy breakfast on testing days. We will gladly accept donations of healthy snacks for our students during testing. :)
At Redwood Heights, our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.