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1 Setting Up and Using the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Setting Up and Using the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests January 8, :00 a.m. Presenters: Michael McDaniel and Daniel Stanley

2 About the Practice Test About the Login Process Practice Test Tools and Layout Recorded Demonstration Reminders and Resources January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 2 Agenda

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4 Allows students and administrators to become familiar with the online testing environment before taking the spring 2014 Field Test and future operational tests. –Both teachers and students participating in the Field Test are strongly encouraged to take the practice test multiple times before the Field Test. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 4 Why Use the Practice Test?

5 Provides a snapshot of item types that may appear on a future assessment. –Note: Not all standards that are assessed in the Field Test and/or the operational tests are represented in the practice tests. –NOT intended to be used as a predictor of success on future assessments. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 5 Why Use the Practice Test?

6 Practice tests, which were launched in May 2013, are available for: –ELA grades 3–8 and 11 –Mathematics grades 3–8 and 11 Each grade-level practice test contains two sections: –Multiple-select/short answer test questions –A performance task January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 6 About the Practice Test

7 What is a performance task? An extended activity that measures a students ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards. –Involves significant interaction of students with stimulus materials and/or engagement in a problem solution –For the Field Test and operational tests, a classroom activity will precede a performance task. –There are no classroom activities available for the practice test. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 7 About the Practice Test: Performance Tasks

8 The practice test has performance tasks for both content areas (ELA and Math) at each grade level. It is strongly encouraged for students to take both sections of the practice tests, for each content area. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 8 About the Practice Test: Performance Tasks

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10 There are two methods to get to the practice tests: 1.Through the secure browser 2.Through a Web browser January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 10 How to Access the Practice Test

11 1.Through the secure browser The recommended way to access the practice test, if possible -Best simulates the field testing experience -Locks down the computer -Gives access to the text-to-speech accommodation feature 2.Through a Web browser If secure browser not yet available for your devices Students/parents can access at home January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 11 How to Access the Practice Test

12 January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 12 1.Navigate to test/.http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice- test/ 2.Click on the Student Interface Practice Test button. Supported web Browsers are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, and Apple Safari. Login through Web Browsers

13 3.Make sure the checkboxes next to Guest User and Guest Session are checked. 4.Select [Sign In]. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 13 Login through Web Browser

14 1.Close all running applications on your device. 2.Open the secure browser. 3.Select the link that takes you to the practice test. 4.Make sure the checkboxes next to Guest User and Guest Session are checked. 5.Select [Sign In]. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 14 Login through Secure Browser

15 Step 1: Select a Grade Level Select a grade level from the Grade drop-down list. Select [Yes] to continue. Step 2: Select a Practice Test Select the name of the practice test you want to take and continue to the next step. If you want to access tests from another grade, select [Back to login]. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 15 Beginning a Practice Test

16 Step 3: Choose Test Settings Select the option(s) you want for each available test setting. Select [Select] to continue. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 16 Beginning a Practice Test

17 Students must select test setting options during the login process. Available practice test settings: –Language English (default) Braille English –Color Choices Black on White (default) Black on Rose Medium Gray on Light Gray Yellow on Blue Reverse Contrast January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 17 Test Setting Options

18 –Word List (Glossary) Spanish Glossary (mathematics only) » Students can open a glossary to view terms presented on the test that may be unfamiliar to them » Now available for ALL grades January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 18 Test Setting Options (cont.)

19 –Text-to-Speech is now available for ALL grades for both ELA and Math. Text-to-speech (TTS) functionality is available only when using the secure browsers. »AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for Android »Not available for the practice test on Chromebooks or iPads. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 19 Test Setting Options (cont.)

20 –Print Size Level 0 (No Zoom) = 1X (default) Level 1 = 1.5X Level 2 = 1.75X Level 3 = 2.5X Level 4 = 3X January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 20 Test Setting Options (cont.)

21 Step 4: Confirm Selected Test and Settings Review the screen and confirm the test and settings. If the settings are not correct, select [No]. You will return to Step 2. Select a Practice Test. Step 4a: Text-to-speech Check Select the audio button to listen to the sample audio. You can adjust the volume and pitch of the voice on this screen. See Page 6 of the Practice Test User Guide for further instructions. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 21 Beginning a Practice Test

22 Step 5: Begin Test Now –The Test Instructions and Help page is last. –Review the information on this page by scrolling through the entire page, and then select [Begin Test Now] at the bottom of the screen. The first page of the test will automatically appear. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 22 Beginning a Practice Test

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24 Practice Test Layout

25 Students cannot skip test items. Students must answer all test items on a page before going to the next page. Some pages contain multiple items, so students may need to use the vertical scroll bar to view all items on a page. Students may mark items for review and use the Question drop-down list at the top of the page to easily return to those items. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 25 Basic Practice Test Rules

26 The following tools are available for all practice tests: Highlight text in passages and test questions Zoom in and out of test pages (this makes the font look larger or smaller) Mark items for review Make notes about an item in the notepad View tutorials about item type (now available for ALL items) Strikethrough (cross out answer options) Access to the Test Instructions and Help January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 26 Practice Test Tools

27 Calculator Tool: Students have access to calculators for mathematics assessments: –Basic Calculator: grades 6 –Scientific Calculator: grade 7 & 8 –Graphing, Regression, and Scientific Calculators: grade 11 Note: The calculator appears only in a segment of the mathematics practice tests. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 27 Practice Test Tools

28 Stimulus Expansion Tool: Some tests will have pages that display two panes –The left pane will contain either a reading passage or stimulus. –The right pane will display the items associated with the stimulus. Students can expand the stimulus section so that it takes up a larger portion of the screen. –The icon is in the upper right corner of the left pane that shows a plus sign and a right arrow. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 28 Practice Test Tools

29 Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Speak Tool: TTS can only be used through the secure browser. Students who use the Speak tool must use headphones. Headphones with built-in volume control are recommended. Students can use the Speak tool to listen to math stimuli and/or test items and answer options. Reminder: TTS settings should be tested and verified as working properly before students begin their tests. January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 29 Practice Test Tools

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32 January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 32 Using Braille and JAWS with the Practice Test (cont.): For information about using Braille and JAWS with the practice test, refer to the Practice Test User Guide, pages 13–27. content/uploads/2013/07/PracticeTest_UserGuide_U pdated pdfhttp://sbac.portal.airast.org/wp- content/uploads/2013/07/PracticeTest_UserGuide_U pdated pdf Reminders and Resources

33 Web-based Smarter Balanced Practice Test: –http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ Smarter Balanced Practice Test User Guide: –http://sbac.portal.airast.org/wp- content/uploads/2013/07/PracticeTest_UserGuid e_Updated pdfhttp://sbac.portal.airast.org/wp- content/uploads/2013/07/PracticeTest_UserGuid e_Updated pdf January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 33 Reminders and Resources

34 CalTAC help desk is there to support YOU! Phone: Web Site: January 2014 Smarter Balanced Practice Test Workshop | 34

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