SBAC Information and Resources for Teachers

Leading up to Testing

1. February 12 Attend district training by Holly Peterson.

Prior to Spring Break

2. Familiarize yourself with the practice tests and training test, possibly with your team.  This universal tools video may be helpful.

3. Walk through the practice test and training test with your class.

4. Give students the interim ELA performance task. Remember to first administer the classroom activity. Then, in the test administration interface, select "ICA SB ELA G_PT"

After Spring Break

5. March 30 Attend district PD: Performance Task Scoring Calibration. 

6. (Optional) Consider giving students one or more of the math assessment blocks. In the TA interface, select one of the "IAB SB MAG_CA____" tests.

7. Walk through the interim math performance task with your students. Math PTs also include a classroom activity. Then, in the TA interface, select "ICA SB MA G_PT"

8. Retake the practice test and training test with your class.

9. Review accommodations and designated supports for students in your class.


Test Administration

  • Before each PT, you will need to administer the classroom activity.  There need to be administered no more than 3 days in advance of the start of the performance task.  
  • Administer all tests through the OAKS portal.  Be careful to select the correct test from the test session menu as there are multiple options listed for performance tasks.  
  • TA Directions to Students include log-in directions and students directions.  Log-in directions are simply a guide for logging in and does not need to be read to students verbatim.  Student directions, on the other hand, need to be read verbatim.  
  • Accessibility supports for your students have been emailed to you separately.  Some students will require testing in an alternate setting. If you have any questions, please see Patrick for details. 


Practice and Training Tests

http://oaksportal.org/students/

The practice tests have approximately 30 items and a performance task for both ELA and math. These are designed to mirror the year-end assessment with a variety of question types and difficulty. The training tests are shorter --  6 questions for ELA and 9 for math -- and are designed to quickly familiarize students and teachers with the software and navigational tools. Students can access the practice and training tests without a test administrator.  

Leading up to Testing
2. Familiarize yourself with the practice tests and training test, possibly with your team. This universal tools video may be helpful.  
3. Walk through the practice test and training test with your class. 
8. Retake the practice and training tests with your class (after spring break).


Interim Assessments

oaksportal.org

Teachers have access to Smarter Balanced interim assessments through the OAKS portal. These interim assessments are administered just like you would an OAKS test. Teachers will use the test administration (TA) interface and students will access the assessment via the OAKS desktop icon on lab computers. Students will log in with their first name and SSID number.  
  
There are two types of interim assessments:

Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) use the same blueprint as the summative assessments, assess the same range of standards, and provide scores on the same scale. There is one computer adaptive (CA) and one performance task (PT) ICA per subject per grade. The ICA PTs are required for both ELA and math; see "Leading up to testing" items 4 and 7. 

Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. There are between 5 and 17 blocks per subject per grade. All IABs are optional although administering a math IAB of your choice is recommended; see "Leading up to testing" item 6.  

Leading up to testing:  
4. Give students the interim ELA performance task (ELA ICA PT). Log in to the OAKS portal and navigate to the test administration interface, select "ICA SB ELA G_PT".  These will be scored at the March 30 PD.
6. (Optional) Consider giving students one or more of the math assessment blocks. In the TA interface, select one of the "IAB SB MAG_CA____" tests.
7. Walk through the interim math performance task with your students.  In the TA interface, select "ICA SB MA G_PT" (after spring break).

(to administering interim assessments)