SBAC Test Practice: We will take the practices tests at school. You are also welcome to do them at home. Below are the directions to log in (you're child should be an expert!).
  2. Click "Sign In" (as guest)
  3. Click "5th grade" and click YES
    1. Reading Test: "Start Grade 5 ELA CAT Practice Test"
    2. Math Test: "Start Grade 5 MATH CAT Practice Test"
  4. For both tests, once you click "Select", "Yes, Start My Test"
  5. Click the sound icon and then "Yes", then "Begin Test Now"
Note: you cannot pause it on guest settings- it will just restart the test.

SBAC Parent Letter: This link takes you to a parent letter about the Smarter Balance test. Included in the letter is the link to a practice test.

        For over twenty years, academic content standards have been a part of Oregon’s educational landscape.  Every state in the union has their own set of standards, specific learning targets at every grade level in content areas such as science, math, reading, writing, social studies and the arts.  Over the past several years, the Council of Chief State School Officers (state superintendents of education), has been working to create a set of national standards.  Referred to as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Oregon has joined with the majority of states to adopt these standards in English, language arts and math.  Sherwood schools are transitioning to these standards, which will be assessed in the spring of 2015 (these assessments will be in lieu of what you now know as OAKS tests).  Research is being done at the national level to create standards in other content areas as well.  

        This is a positive step for the educational community, especially for schools in Oregon.  The CCSS require increased academic rigor and are better aligned with challenging international standards, ensuring our students are prepared to compete globall
y.  With a similar set of standards throughout the United States, textbooks and other curriculum resources will be developed for one set of standards.  Smaller states, such as Oregon, will not have to adapt resources to align them with their individual standards.