Sunday, September 21, 2014

#mtbos challenge week 6: SBAC Performance Tasks

Sherrie's list of links for this blogpost is amazing, and I can only imagine the lists we are going to end up with when all of the #mtboschallenge participants share over the course of the next week.

I don't feel like I have tons of new info to contribute here, so I'm just going to add one website that has come in handy during the past year.

Clovis Unified School District SBAC-Math Page

I live in California, and we are one of the 22 states that will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test for the first time in the Spring of 2015.  This will be the first standardized test for California that is completely online, and it is an adaptive test.  This means that the level of difficulty is not predetermined, but rather adjusted as you get answers correct or incorrect during the testing session.  Part II of the SBAC test will be a performance task, which will take at least one hour to complete and counts for a big chunk of the test score.

Smarter Balanced has released plenty of sample test items, but I love Clovis Unified School District's website because it allows you to search for SBAC released test item by claim.  As far as I can tell, claim 4 (modeling and data analysis) refers to performance tasks. There are 3 performance tasks released for grade 8, and 4 performance tasks released for grade 11.  You can see a few more performance tasks through the Smarter Balanced website by viewing the sample items, the practice test, or the training test.  I don't usually go to the Smarter Balanced  website because it takes longer to navigate to the problems that I want to see, and they are not provided in pdf version.  However, if you want to see how students will interact with these problems then the Smarter Balanced website is the place to go.

Click below to take a look at a couple of these performance tasks:
High School Grade 11
Middle School Grade 8

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