An Update on Smarter Balanced Tests
Dear Parent or Guardian:
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There has been a great deal of attention recently to new learning standards, also known as Common Core State Standards. Norwalk Public Schools has been transitioning to these standards over the past two years. In order to test students on their mastery of these new standards, Norwalk will be one of many school districts across 24 states and throughout Connecticut to participate in a new online test this spring, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC).
The 2014 Smarter Balanced online test will be given to grades 3-8 and grade 11 in mathematics and English Language Arts/ literacy. It will replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for mathematics, reading and writing. The 2014 testing period in Norwalk will be from March 18 to May 30. Students will test over multiple days during this time, with schools setting their own schedules according to testing guidelines.
During this initial year, Norwalk will treat the administration of this new online test as a “practice test.” Your child’s grades will not be affected by this year’s practice test results, and the results will not be part of your child’s record. Our only obligation to the state is that all of our students participate by taking the test.
However, it is an also important opportunity for our students and teachers to become familiar with how the test works. We will also take notice of any adjustments that might need to be made to make sure that Norwalk students are well prepared for the test next year.
Because this is a transition year as Common Core State Standards are implemented, Connecticut requires that students in grades 5 and 8 continue to take the science portion of the Connecticut Mastery Test for the 2013-14 school year. Grade 10 students will take the science portion of Connecticut Academic Performance Test. Science testing is scheduled for March 11 for all tested grades.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or school principal.
Dr. Manuel Rivera, Superintendent