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1Welcome to the ELA Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests November 6, 2014West Virginia Department of EducationOffice of Assessment and ResearchWhile you wait for the webinar to begin, please be sure to turn on your speakers.You can try this link if your speakers aren’t working.https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Set-up-and-test-Lync-audio-f4336d14-50ef-45a8-91df a0033
2ELA Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Welcome Stacey Murrell, Ed. D.Interim Assessments CoordinatorOffice of Assessment and Research
3Balanced Assessment System Interim assessments and practice performance tasks
4Smarter Balanced ELA Claims ELA: Targets by Grade Level for each Claim
5Smarter Balanced- Practice Tests Practice Tests are about content/standards.Experience a full grade-level assessment and see what students will see on summative testIncludes a variety of question types and difficultyApproximately 30 items each in ELA and mathAlso has an ELA and math performance taskIncludes embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations for IEP/504 students
6Practice Tests Embedded All universal toolsMost designated supports, including:Color contrastMaskingText-to-speech directions and test questionsTranslations (glossary): SpanishMost accommodations, including:American Sign Language for all math items and ELA listening passages and items (only)BrailleStreamliningEmbedded Universal Tools: Breaks, Calculator, Digital Notepad, English Dictionary, English Glossary, Expandable Passages, Global Notes, Highlighter, Keyboard Navigation, Mark for Review, Math Tools, Spell Check, Strikethrough, Writing Tools, Zoom
7Smarter Balanced- Training Tests Training Tests are about question types and navigating the site.Smarter Balanced- Training TestsOpportunity to learn software and navigational toolsAvailable as grade bands:Grades 3-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-1114-15 items, including these new technology enhanced questions: matching tables, table fill-in, evidenced based selected responseNo performance tasksIncludes embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations for IEP/504
8Training Tests Embedded All universal toolsAll designated supports, including:Color contrastMaskingText-to-speech for directions and test questionsTranslated test direction: SpanishTranslations (glossary): Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Ukrainian, VietnameseEnglish glossaryFull Translation: SpanishAll accommodations: Streamlining, American Sign Language, Braille, Text-to-speech for reading passages in grades 6-11
9How to Access TestsQuick Access (any users): Any Internet-connected computer using a current Web browser including:Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10Apple SafariAdvanced Access: Secure Browser can be used- likely TIS would support this installation on the computers.
10Practice and Training Tests User Guides Main Resources and Documentation Page:Practice and Training Test User Guide (PDF):Provides in-depth guidance on the practice and training testsStep-by-step directions for using both tests
12Basic Rules:Unable to skip test items- Must mark for review and return to it later.Answer all test items on page before going to next page. May need to scroll vertically to see all items.Marked for review items can be located using Questions drop-down list at top of page.
13Test Tools: All Tests Highlight passages and questions Zoom in and out Mark for reviewMake notes in notepadView tutorials about item typeStrikethrough (cross out answer choices)Access test instructions and Help screen
14Test Tools: All Expand passage tool Left pane has reading passage Right pane has test questions on passageClick on icon in upper right corner of left pane to expand passageClick on same icon to collapse passage
15Audio Tools/Headphones for Practice and Training Tests Used in TestsAccessed ViaUniversal ToolsAll students:Students listen to recorded speeches or texts using headphones. They then answer questions on the audio passage.Practice and Training Tests website, using Chrome, MozillaDesignated Supports:Students who have been given supports such as ELL, IEP, 504, and SAT plans.Students have the directions and test questions read to them by an embedded text-to-speech program.Requires the Secure Browser be downloaded to the student’s computerAccommodations:Students who are identified by an IEP or 504 plan as needing the accommodation.Students have the directions, test questions, and (optional) ELA reading passages read to them by an embedded text-to-speech program.Requires the Secure Browser be downloaded to the student’s computer.ELA Training Test has reading passage capability, ELA Practice Test DOES NOT.
16Secure Browser Note: Practice and Training Tests Text-to-Speech is only available in a secure browser. Here are the Supported Secure Browsers for Text-to-Speech:Windows Secure Browser 6.0 and 6.3Mac Secure Browser 5.5 and 5.6Mac Secure Browser 6.0 and 6.3Linux Secure Browser 6.0 and 6.3AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for iOSAIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for AndroidAIRSecureTest mobile secure browser for Google ChromebooksInstructions for downloading the secure browsers are available on the Smarter Balanced portal (https://sbac.portal.airast.org/browsers/default.html) and in the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing.
18Smarter Balanced: 2013 Pilot Test Extra Practice These are PDFs which could be used as additional practice for students (such as SmartBoard, group work, etc.).Grade 3 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 4 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 5 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 6 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 7 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 8 ELA/Braille [pdf]Grade 11 ELA/Braille [pdf]
19Office of Assessment: ELA Cluster Assessments Claim 1 Literary Texts- available now grades 3-11Claim 1 Informational Texts- under construction, available mid-Dec. grades 3-11Claim 2 Writing Performance Tasks- available now grades 3-11Claim 3 Speaking and Listening- under construction, available mid-Dec. grades 3-11Claim 4 Research- under construction, available late Nov. grades 3-11Answer Key provided for each cluster
20Part 2: Survey Questions and Answers Q: How to use toolsA: The tools available in the practice and training tests are explained in detail here:
21Q: How will tests be scored? A: Smarter Balanced will soon be releasing the proficiency score ranges for the tests. I will be discussing scoring/score points possible on ELA test questions in detail during Nov. 12 training.Smarter Balanced ELA item specifications provide exact scoring points for each item type and task.
22Q: Are there samples of student writing available as exemplars for writing performance tasks? A: At this time, student exemplars have not been released to the public. I will share the websites with county test coordinators once the exemplars are shared.There are exemplar answers shown for the constructed response items that students answer before they write their essays.
23Q: For writing performance tasks, will the sources be fictional, non-fictional, or both? A: Based on Smarter Balanced practice performance tasks online, there were no fictional texts used as sources.The SB sample Grade 6 performance task asks students to write a narrative. This is the ONLY sample of a narrative writing performance tasks at any grade level.
24Q: How can we prepare our special education students so they are not overwhelmed? A: Download the secure browser to their computers and let them practice using the tools, supports, and accommodations within the practice and training tests.Additionally, the interim program replacing Acuity will allow students the same experience in both the interim program and the summative test.
25Q: Will Smarter Balanced be tailored to WV NxG or Common Core standards? A: The practice and training tests are aligned to Common Core. There is a crosswalk document from the Office of Secondary Learning. The main difference is the numbering system format; however, WV did edit some of the language and concepts.
26Q: When will ELA teachers get more specific trainings? A: Once the interim assessments program (like Acuity) has been provided, then we will begin offering RESA and county trainings.
27Q: How similar is the writing performance task to WV Writes? A: Two points I want to share. First, the student writing in WV Writes will have prepared us for the writing. Our students can draft well-written essays. The challenge is that they now read sources and must use the information within the sources to support their own writing.Second, the essays written in the interim assessment program will NOT be instantly scored by a computer. The essays will have to be hand scored by teachers. The essays for the summative performance task will be hand scored by the assessment vendor.
28Q: Where can I find classroom activities to use as models for creating my own in the classroom? Grade 3: Out of This World [pdf]Grade 4: Animal World [pdf]Grade 5: Working Together [pdf]Grade 6: Technology of the Future [pdf]Grade 7: Sleep [pdf]Grade 8: The Money We Use [pdf]Grade 11: Financial Responsibility [pdf]
29Q: Will grades 9 and 10 have an ELA test? A: Yes, we are planning on testing grades 9 and 10 in ELA. Smarter Balanced has items for both these grade levels. They do NOT offer practice tests; however, WVDE has practice clusters for grades 9 and 10 and will be providing additional practice clusters.
30Q: Will the reading and writing tests be scored together or separately? A: Each student receives an overall ELA/literacy score and four claim (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Research) scores or subscores reported at the individual level.
31Questions? Survey on this training session Go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F3K6TR8