New Statewide Tests Missouri adopted higher, more focused standards–Missouri’s Academic Content Standards–in 2010 to better prepare students for college, technical schools, and careers. Our education system was falling short in developing the communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills students need to succeed after high school. New standards require new state tests that better measure these skills and allow students to show what they know and what they can do. Example Third Grade Reading Standard: “Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.” 3
New Statewide Tests Students in grades 3-8 will take new English language arts and mathematics tests. These tests will replace [INSERT NAME OF OLD TEST]. The tests include two components that can each be taken online. Computer Adaptive Test Short-answer, technology-enhanced, and multiple choice questions Test is customized for each student Performance Task Longer multi-step questions, including essays Students solve real-world problems 4
What is Smarter Balanced? The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium A group of states that have worked together to develop high quality tests in English and Math that are aligned to the new standards. Missouri joined Smarter Balanced to create a new test aligned to our standards. The tests were field-tested in Spring 2014 by more than 4 million students in 21 states, including Missouri. 5
What Do the English Tests Measure? 6 Can students read closely to comprehend a range of complex literary and informational texts? Can students write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences? Can students listen effectively for a range of purposes? Can students use research skills to investigate topics, analyze, and present information?
What Do the Math Tests Measure? 7 Can students explain and apply math concepts and perform math procedures? Can students solve problems using their knowledge of concepts and problem solving strategies? Can students analyze real-world scenarios and create models to solve problems? Can students build practical arguments to support their own reasoning?
How Do I Know What My Child is Expected to Learn This Year The PTA developed grade-specific “Guides to Student Success” so you know the skills your child should master and what he or she is expected to know every year: www.PTA.org/CommonCore 8
What’s Different About the Tests? The new tests go beyond the “bubble test.” Students show their work through: Extended writing, and multi-step questions which require students to apply the skills they have learned. They measure: Problem-solving Writing Critical thinking Reading and listening comprehension 10
How Long Will the Tests Take? 11 These tests may take longer. Thinking critically, reading deeply, and writing a well- thought response takes more time than simply filling in a bubble. Necessary skills to practice and master. Estimated Time: 7-8 ½ hours 12 week period (8 weeks for high school) One to two hours per day
What Will be Different in Math? Students will: Show their work and demonstrate that they understand a concept in addition to memorizing the formula. Apply their mathematical knowledge to solve real-world problems. Describe their reasoning. 12
14 New Missouri State Assessment Example: EXAMPLE: 5 th Grade Math Test.
What Will be Different in English Language Arts? Students will: –Show they can read and understand complex passages. –Use evidence to support their ideas in written responses at every grade level. –Research a topic and use the findings to make a claim and draw a conclusion. 15
EXAMPLE: 7 th Grade ELA Test 16 Previous State Assessment Example: Your principal is considering requiring assigned seats in every classroom. Do you think students should have assigned seats in every class? Take a position on this issue. Write a multiple-paragraph letter to persuade your principal to support your position.
17 New Missouri State Assessment Example: You have read several sources about the production of pennies in the United States. Using your sources, write a multi-paragraph argumentative essay either for or against the continued production of the penny in the United States. Make sure you establish a claim, address counterarguments, and support your claim with evidence from the sources you have read. Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from the sources. Be sure to reference the sources by title or number when using details or facts directly from the sources. EXAMPLE: 7 th Grade ELA Test.
How Can I Help at Home? Review a practice test with your child: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/ http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/ Talk with your child and reassure him/her that these tests aren’t the kind you “cram” for, but just measure what they’ve mastered from their classwork. Assure your child they have enough time to finish. Have them read a variety of materials at home, including fiction and informational texts. Involve learning in everyday activities. Mix math into cooking or shopping. Ask children to express opinions and to back their views.
What Will Results Look Like? [INSERT SCREEN SHOT OF STATE’S INDIVIDUAL STUDENT REPORT] 21
New Tests, New Baselines These upgraded tests are harder. With a greater emphasis on deeper learning, we have raised the bar for our students, parents, and teachers. We can expect that fewer students will clear this higher bar than have in the past. That doesn’t mean that students know less or are doing worse. This year’s test will establish a new baseline to measure progress going forward. 22
How Will Scores be Used? Test results will help schools to: Make instructional decisions. Determine individual needs of students: Extra support? More challenging work? Recommendations for future classes? Scores do not impact GPA, class ranking, or college admission. 23
Thank You To Our Teachers 24 A Transition: Learning the new standards Engaging lessons Helped develop the Smarter Balanced test
Where Can I Find More Info? 26 Great Web Sites Smarter Balanced Practice Tests: Reading, Writing, Math Practice Tests http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ Smarter Balanced Info: www.smarterbalanced.orgwww.smarterbalanced.org Parent Friendly Information and Resources : BeALearningHero.org and Facebook.com/bealearningheroBeALearningHero.org Facebook.com/bealearninghero Missouri Department of Education : https://dese.mo.gov/https://dese.mo.gov/ www.PTA.org/CommonCore