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1 ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY Luci Willits Chief of Staff

2 Smarter Balanced Assessment Transition Idaho’s New Assessment System: Not Just a Test

3 Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness A Balanced Assessment System All students leave high school college and career ready Idaho Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for action feedback Teacher resources for formative assessment practices To improve instruction

4 Resources Digital Library The Library will provide resources for educators to improve assessment literacy. PD modules will focus on assessment literacy. Resources will include how to build a lesson plan utilizing formative assessment. Digital Library Team: –80 Idaho educators reviewing and approving documents for library More Information: Nancy Thomas Price,

5 Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness Teacher resources for formative assessment practices To improve instruction A Balanced Assessment System All students leave high school college and career ready Idaho Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for action feedback

6 Interim Assessments Interim Assessments evaluate a class on the scope and sequence as standards are taught. Interim assessments are not tied to individual grades. The Interim Bank currently is in development and will be operational for the school year.

7 Teacher resources for formative assessment practices To improve instruction A Balanced Assessment System All students leave high school college and career ready Idaho Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for action feedback Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness

8 Summative Assessment/ISAT Timeline Pilot Practice Field Test Operational

9 Pilot Test 124 schools in Idaho administered the Pilot Test in Spring Pilots were given in different school sizes, grade levels and regions. –For example: 493 tests at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls to 6 tests completed in Bliss. SBAC is conducting a Pilot Test Data Review this fall. Reviewers will evaluate items and make recommendations to “accept as is,” “revise and re-field test,” or “reject” with rationale. Idaho educators are participating in this process.

10 Practice Test Practice Tests and Scoring Guides are now available for each subject area and all grade levels. Practice Tests can be used for the following: –Lesson plans –Professional development –Communication efforts with parents Access the Practice Tests online at: https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/ https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/

11 What do SBAC Assessments Look Like? Test Items on SBAC Website

12 Field Test Our Goal: Give Idaho students the opportunity to experience a new test in Spring Students in grades 3-11 will take the field test. –20% will take the Smarter Balanced Field Test –80% will take either the Smarter Balanced Field Test or Smarter Balanced items through DRC. Testing window has not been set but will not be longer than the current ISAT testing window.

13 What the Test Looks Like Math: random items (10 items scored for states) ELA: random items (10 items scores for states) 4 Kinds of Test Questions: 1.Multiple Choice 2.Constructed Response 3.Technology Enhanced 4.Performance Tasks

14 How Long the Test Will Take Times are estimates of test length for most students. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed as untimed tests; some students may need and should be afforded more time than shown in this table.

15 This Is a Secure Test Adults are not allowed to sit and view items. That would be a violation of state test security policy. Items would be void and teacher would be reported to the Professional Standards Commission.

16 Science ISAT Still in Place Idaho is not currently participating in “Next Generation Science Standards.” Grades 5, 7, and 10 will continue to take the Science ISAT based on current science standards. The Department will be recruiting schools soon for a field test of Science End-of-Course exams. No Science graduation test will be replaced with EOC through rulemaking.

17 How will SBAC Affect Graduation Requirements?

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20 Idaho’s Accountability Plan

21 Idaho’s Plan Star Ratings and Accountability calculated for the school year will remain in effect for the school year. Star Ratings and Accountability will be recalculated in when the new Smarter Balanced assessment is first administered for accountability purposes.

22 Idaho’s Plan Idaho will amend its ESEA Waiver to reflect changes to its Accountability Plan. This requires approval from the Idaho State Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education. While the U.S. Department of Education has not released its format for waiver amendments, the state is moving forward.

23 Questions? Luci Willits (208) Dr. TJ Bliss (208)


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