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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A">Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A"> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C">ITEM:&nbsp; </span>
</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A">Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Updated</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p><strong><i><span style="color:blue">SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS HAVE NEW FEATURES</span></i></strong><o:p></o:p></p>
<p>The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests were released in the spring of 2013 to help students and teachers understand the format of the Smarter Balanced test as well as the tools and resources that are available to make the test more accessible. The refreshed
 Practice Test scheduled for release in May 2014 includes new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations. The practice tests in English language arts/literacy (ELA)
 and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 and 11 each include approximately 30 questions as well as a new performance task in ELA.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p>The updated Practice Tests more closely mirror the operational assessment and includes the following features:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p><strong><span style="color:green">NEW MATHEMATICS FEATURES</span></strong><o:p></o:p></p>
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Questions that include the range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment, including a new question type that allows students to enter information directly into the cells of a table<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1">
Questions that span a range of difficulty for the grade level from “very easy” to “very difficult” and performance tasks that utilize more open-ended response types to allow students to explain their thinking on complex, real world problems<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1">
Improvements to question wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts​<o:p></o:p></li></ul>
<p><strong><span style="color:green">NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS FEATURES</span></strong><o:p></o:p></p>
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New or revised reading and listening passages<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2">
Improvements to question wording, format and directions based on input from experts in content and accessibility and accommodations experts​<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2">
Questions that include the range of item types expected to appear on the operational assessment, including matching tables and short-text questions<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2">
Revised scoring rubrics for teacher use<o:p></o:p></li></ul>
<p><strong><span style="color:green">USABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION FEATURES</span></strong><o:p></o:p></p>
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For the math assessment in every grade, glossaries are available in 10 languages and several dialects<o:p></o:p></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3">
Full stacked Spanish translation available for the math assessment in every grade<o:p></o:p></li></ul>
<p><strong><i><span style="font-size:13.5pt;color:green">Accessing the Practice and Training Tests</span></i></strong><o:p></o:p></p>
<p>The Practice and Training Tests are not compatible with all operating system versions and web browsers.&nbsp; See
<a href="http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Tech-Requirements-for-Practice-and-Training-Tests.pdf" target="_blank" title="operating systems and browsers">
Operating System and Browsers Compatible with the Practice and Training Tests</a> for detailed information on compatible operating systems and browsers.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p><span style="color:blue"><a href="http://sbac.portal.airast.org/">Take the Practice Test</a></span><o:p></o:p></p>
<p><b>Important Limitations:</b> The Practice and Training Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but they do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Field Test or on the operational assessments,
 and should not be used to guide instructional decisions. In addition, students and teachers will not receive reports or scores from the Practice or Training Tests. Although the operational assessment system will be
<a href="http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/computer-adaptive-testing/" target="_blank" title="computer adaptive">
computer adaptive</a>, the Practice and Training Tests follow a fixed-form model.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p><em>For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/" target="_blank" title="http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/">
Practice and Training Test</a> page on the Smarter Balanced website or the <a href="http://nheon.org/oet/readiness/smarterbalanced.htm" target="_blank" title="http://nheon.org/oet/readiness/smarterbalanced.htm">
Smarter Balanced Assessment</a> page on <a href="http://nheon.org" target="_blank" title="http://nheon.org">
NHEON.org.</a></em><o:p></o:p></p>
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