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What is the SBAC?

About the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

SBAC is an online test which includes extended research, writing, and problem solving tasks in order to measure the critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will take the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math test
  • All 8th grade students take the California Science Test (CAST) in Science
  • Tests are completed on a Chromebook computer
  • There are two testing formats for each subject / test
    • Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

      • Questions get harder as students answer questions  correctly, and easier when questions are answered incorrectly

      • The purpose of this is to find out what they really know

    • Performance Task (PT)

      • Incorporates writing and asks students to solve multi-step, real-world problems based on information presented in the question.

Time restrictions for SBAC

All tests are untimed, meaning students can take as much time as needed (as long as they are working)

  • For the CAT portion of the test:

    • Students have 45 days to complete test

    • Can only pause for 20 minutes or less without being skipped ahead to the next segment or question

  • For the PT portion of the test:

    • Students have 10 calendar days to complete test

    • Students can pause for any amount of time and resume later without being skipped ahead

SBAC Protocols

  • Testing environments are secure

    • No student generated materials can leave room

    • Cell phones / wearable tech must be turned off / put away

    • Classroom walls and instructional materials are covered

  • Math and Science:

    • Calculators are available for certain questions

  • Science:

    • Reference tables are available as needed

Testing Details

  • We run a modified bell schedule in order to give students longer chunks of time to take the test

    • These times are based on our past experience and guidelines from the state

  • School days / times do not change during testing

    • 8:15-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

    • 8:15-12:50 on Thursday