The SBAC test month is upon us! This post will tackle everything you need to know about the upcoming SBAC exam.
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The SBAC Test in California
Each May, California students in grades 3–8 and 11 are preparing to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – the SBAC test.
What is the SBAC Test?
The SBAC test is a computer-adaptive test that measures a student’s mastery of grade-level academic standards.
The questions come from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), designed to ensure that all students receive a consistent, high-quality education that prepares them for college and career success.
The SBAC test has three parts: ELA, Maths and Science (8th+ grade).
English Language Arts SBAC Test
The ELA test measures how well students read and understand complex texts, write effectively, and demonstrate critical thinking skills. I believe our school averages about 18% proficiency, slightly higher than math.
The mathematics test measures their ability to solve problems, reason abstractly, and use mathematical models to solve real-world problems.
Why is the SBAC Test Important?
The SBAC exam provides valuable information to teachers and parents on student progress.
1. Areas of Need
This information identifies areas where students need additional support and helps educators develop strategies to help them succeed.
2. Effectiveness of Schools
Second, SBAC exam results help to evaluate the effectiveness of schools and districts in meeting student academic needs.
3. Effectiveness of Education within the State
Finally, the SBAC exam results show how California students compare to students in other states.
What Can Parents Do to Help Their Children?
Testing season is hard for students because there is a lot of pressure on everyone to perform well.
- You can help your student by making sure your child is well-rested and eats breakfast,
- Ensure children attend school regularly and arrive on time,
- Encourage children to complete their homework and study for the exam,
- Try to ensure students have a quiet place to complete assignments at home,
- Talk to your student’s teachers to learn more about the exam and how they can support their child’s preparation.
I can say that during this time, all the work I give to students is somehow related to the SBAC exam.
You can help by making sure your student is keeping up with their assignments.
I also encourage adults to treat their students like college students preparing for finals.
Make them something special to eat, if possible.
Complete some of their chores so they can study.
If students see how invested you are in their success, they will be more motivated to do well.
Questions Parents Should Ask Teachers
Here are some questions parents should ask their child’s teacher to learn more about the SBAC exam:
- What specific academic standards will students need to know on the SBAC exam? Note: These standards vary in difficulty according to grade level.
- How can I support my child’s preparation for the exam at home?
- What resources are available to help my child prepare for the exam?
- What strategies are you using in the classroom to help students prepare for the exam?
- How will you use the exam results to help my child improve academically?
If you’d like more resources, please check out this blog with additional testing tips for parents!
As parents, there are several things that you can do to support your child’s preparation for the exam, including talking to their teacher and encouraging regular attendance and homework completion.
By working together, parents, teachers, and students can ensure that all California students are well-prepared for success in college and careers.