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Smart Resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments

Smart Resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments

At Edmentum, we recognize that it takes a well-prepared educator and confident parents to help students get through this time of nervousness and stress. To assist you, we’ve compiled the best resources we could get a hold of to help answer any questions you have as you’re getting ready for the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Smarter Balanced Testing Materials

Sometimes, navigating through these websites can get a little overwhelming. As a place to start, we’ve pulled some of the key resources you’ll need.

State Testing Resources

Practice and Training Tests

Give your students a practice test that is similar to the real thing. No login required.

Sample Smarter Balanced Questions

Looking for a specific type of question? Use this link to filter through sample questions. Filters include grade level, subject, claim, item type, and browse by item ID.

Resources for Educators

With resources including interim assessments and a digital library, this should be the go-to page for any additional resources teachers need to help students feel ready.

For Parents and Students

What do parents and their children need to know as students get ready to dive in to testing season?

Reporting Scores

Learn what the differences are between scaled scores and achievement levels, how they are determined, and what they mean for students.

Tips and Tricks for Success

It’s safe to say that testing means something a little different to everybody. For teachers and administrators, testing procedures and academic understanding come first. For parents and students, trying to calm those testing nerves might be priority number one. In any case, we’ve organized testing tips and tricks for the many different groups who have testing on the brain.

For District Administrators
Check out our 8 Last-Minute Steps Districts can Take to Improve Test Scores.

For Principals and Teachers
Check out our 10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores.

For Parents
Send home a test-taking checklist for parents and students to review together, so that come test day, learners feel ready to do their best. Grab one for elementary or secondary students.

For Students
Supporting students through test season often means helping them manage the stress associated with this time of year. Dig into our 6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress.

Practice That Ensures Students Are Ready

There is something unique about testing of any kind that requires students to recall information they’ve previously learned and apply it to answer the question at hand. If your students don’t have experience with this—whether it’s through low-stakes formative assessment or high-stakes summative tests—they may struggle on test day.

Fortunately, with sustained and regular practice, your students will grow familiar retrieving information and similarly be able to show you what they know by way of assessment so that you can adjust instruction up until test day. Check out the following resources to get started.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test Prep Program
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the Common Core standards, including College- and Career-Ready Standards, Academic Standards and Performance Indicators (science), and Academic Standards (social studies). Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

Start your FREE trial of Study Island
Study Island content is built from the Common Core standards assessed on the Smarter Balanced assessments. A recent study, validated by Marzano Research, confirms that when students spend just 30 minutes a week practicing in Study Island, they achieve significant academic gains. Check out the programs offered in your state.

As a student, I always dreaded testing week, and I think it's safe to say my peers did too. No matter how hard or long we prepared for the assessments, we always felt like we were going into them blind, unsure of what to expect. At Edmentum, we’re looking for ways to improve this experience for students and teachers.