Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Students at Lincoln Street School will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in March and April. The SBA is the State of New Hampshire’s required standardized test to monitor academic progress in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics. The SBA is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which NH has adopted as part of its NH College and Career Ready Standards. Parents may learn more about the Standards on the NH Department of Education website, http://education.nh.gov/instruction/curriculum/.
The SBA differs significantly from tests of the past because it uses computer adaptive technology. Computer adaptive tests adjust the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment based on each student’s unique responses. The tests will include multiple choice and written response questions. They will also include performance tasks that ask students to demonstrate research, writing, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Parents and families may learn more about Smarter Balanced by visiting the website at www.smarterbalanced.org. Practice tests are available on the website that can help parents gain familiarity with the test format and sample test questions. Students have also been exposed to the practice tests at school.
Teachers and staff will be working to make students as comfortable as possible during this testing period. We are ensuring specials occur as regularly as possible, providing recess breaks while also maintaining our regular day-to-day schedule as much as possible. Parents can help by allowing for a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast. Please make sure your child arrives on time while also avoiding dismissals each day of testing.
This test provides us important information regarding our curriculum and instruction, but we also know your children are so much more than a test score. If you have questions about the SBA, please don’t hesitate to contact Principal Drew Bairstow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-8860, or Julie Lambert, director of instruction, at email@example.com or 603-775-8869.
Dates for Smarter Balanced Testing
Grade 3 Mathematics: March 15-March 21
Grade 3 ELA: March 22-March 25
Grade 4 Mathematics: March 29-April 1
Grade 4 ELA: April 4-April 8
Grade 5 Mathematics: April 11-April 14
Grade 5 ELA: April 15 & 18, May 2 & 3