Smarter balanced practice test for classrooms


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Directions for teachers to use with their class when taking the Smarter Balanced Practice Test. Directions include steps for providing feedback on the process of taking the test.

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Smarter balanced practice test for classrooms

  1. 1. Smarter Balanced Practice Test Directions Reflect with your class after the test: 1. How that test was different than what might have been done before? 2. What was easy? 3. What was hard? 4. What do you need to do/improve upon?
  2. 2. Smarter Balanced Practice Test for Classrooms Grades 3 through 11 BEFORE Please Note: All grades 3-11 will take the practice tests. (Grade 12 is optional) Student will take their own grade level test. (With the following exceptions)  10th graders will take the 11th grade test  9th graders will take the 8th grade test  Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd graders will not take a practice test. This is a practice test, no scores- just a few reflective questions at the end on Google forms. Students will be taking the Math Test for this round. Step 1: Take a Test Yourself Step 2: Planning a Class Procedure Before you go to the lab with your class, develop a procedure for taking an online assessment for your class. Consider seating chart/arrangement, process for entering lab, acceptable noise level in the lab during a test, and what students are to do when they have completed the assessment. (Get a book, go to another site, etc) Step 3: Prepare the Lab It is a good idea to make a short visit to the lab to assure that everything is in order. Step 4: Demo the sign in procedure for the students in class through the first item. Be prepared to demo how the help menu works.
  3. 3. DURING Step 1: Lab Directions Go to the district web site/Teacher Resources/Resources to Support the Common Core OR you may go to your own school site where you will find the link posted on the front page Step 2: Choose OK
  4. 4. Step 3: Choose SIGN IN Step 4: Choose a grade from the pull down menu and then choose YES
  5. 5. Step 5: Choose a test Step 6: Choose Settings Be sure to copy the settings below and to choose BLACK on WHITE unless the other options are easier to read. Then choose SELECT
  6. 6. Step 7: Verify Test Choose YES, START MY TEST Step 8: Take Test The test will show the students this help menu.
  7. 7. Step 9: Explain navigation to students prior to lab time. Item Directions: Shows students what to do Notes: Allows students to take notes Note: Flag: Flags item so student can return later Zoom Turn page Save: EVERY ANSWER MUST BE SAVED BEFORE MOVING ON
  8. 8. Note the highlighting to select an answer. Step 10: End Test When students are finished taking the test, they may scroll back and forth looking for flagged items to complete. When they are ready to submit, they will need to choose END TEST option to log out. Step 11: Confirm End of Test Choose YES or NO
  9. 9. Step 12: IF you choose NO, then you will be given the option to review your answers Step 13: Submit again
  10. 10. Step 14: Review again or submit Step 15: You are almost done!
  11. 11. AFTER Step 1: Student Reflection Discussion Reflect with your class as soon as possible after completing the test. Ask students in a discussion format: 5. 6. 7. 8. Tell me five reasons how that test was different than what might have been done before? What was the easiest part? What was the hardest part? What are three things you think you need to be able to do/improve in order to be able to complete a test like this in the future? Step 2: Teacher Reflection 9. Rate from 1-10, how well did the computers work in the lab? 10.Rate from 1-10, how well did the internet speed work? 11.On a scale of 1-10, how well did the students handle the interface of the test? 12.On a scale of 1- 10, how comfortable were you with the deployment of the test? (not the format or content, but the tech aspect) 13.From your teacher point of view, what do you think you need to do to prepare your Look in your email inbox for the survey from Marlena or email her for the survey. students (content) for this type of test? Complete the online feedback form based on the discussion you had with your class.