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Where Can I Find Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and Sample Items?

by: Andrew Howard on Dec 1, 2014 1:25:00 PM

Smarter Balanced Assessment UpdateThe Smarter Balanced online assessments are less than a school year away. If your state has adopted the SBAC, chances are you want to give your students a chance to practice these new Common Core-aligned tests prior to the 2014-2015 deadline.

Don't worry! Free Smarter Balanced examples, practice exams, and test samples exist and they are readily available. The best part is, you don't even need to scour the Internet to find them!

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Free Resource: "Strengthening SBAC Skills: 10 Key Online Testing Terms"

by: Andrew Howard on Nov 27, 2014 11:45:00 AM

10_Key_SBAC_Testing_Terms_CoverThe Smarter Balanced (SBAC) companion to last week's Wowzers Online Math PARCC vocab resource has arrived! 

Published today, the Strengthening SBAC Skills: 10 Key Online Testing Terms eBook details ten must-know online action verbs that your students will see on the Smarter Balanced Math Assessments during the official 2014-2015 tests.

Read below the break to learn more about the new Wowzers Online Math resource and to receive a free download link!

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Free E-Book: Are Your Devices SBAC-Compliant?

by: Andrew Howard on Nov 26, 2014 12:49:00 PM

Can my student take the SBAC online assessment on this computer/tablet?

PARCC technology requirements informationThere's a lot of confusion about what devices students can use to take the SBAC assessment. That's why we created this E-Book: To help educators prepare for the SBAC Assessment.

This eBook details everything you need to know to make sure your school's devices are SBAC-Compatible, including

  • Information about tablets, screen size, and operating system;
  • Requirements, including keyboards and other accesiblity concerns.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

What is the Big Difference Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced?

by: Andrew Howard on Nov 25, 2014 7:13:00 AM

blended learning progress

We know that there are two different Common Core-aligned assessment consortia, but what exactly makes them different? In this blog post we review the key elements of Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments. What makes them similar? What makes them different? Read below the fold for more.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Answering the Question: "What are the Smarter Balanced Online Math Assessments?"

by: Andrew Howard on Nov 24, 2014 1:05:00 PM

Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_9.50.24_AMLast week, we posted a quick primer for the PARCC online math assessments. This week we wanted to round out the two online Common Core-aligned testing consortia by offering a basic profile of the Smarter Balanced online math assessments.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?

by: Andrew Howard on Oct 17, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In today's blog post, we wanted to take a quick look at the available PARCC online assessment practice and sample resources. 

Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_9.49.44_AMThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia developing Common Core-aligned assessments, has recently released updates to it's "sample items" and "task prototypes". 

  • Looking for Smarter Balanced practice resource information instead? Be sure to check out last week's blog post!

These free resources are designed to help both educators and students visualize and practice the basic scope and functionality of the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) interactions prior to the 2014-2015 assessment deadline.

Read below the break to learn where you can find the free PARCC resources and what value they provide to teachers and students practicing for the online tests.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments