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SBAC Information

The OFFICIAL SBAC Thread
 
What is the SBAC (formal explanation)?
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a standardized test consortium. It creates Common Core State Standards-aligned tests ("adaptive online exams") to be used in several states. It uses automated essay scoring.

What is the SBAC (in a nutshell)?

  • A yearly test that shows what our 11th grade students should have learned up to this point in their education

Who takes it?

  • Our 11th graders

Why is SBAC important to my students?

  • Early Assessment Program (EAP)
    • Students who plan to go to a Cal State University college (CSU) or a California Community College (CCC) can be exempt from taking college remedial course. Instead, a high score on the SBAC can exempt a student from taking the CSU and participating CCC placement test and can enroll into a college level course in math and/or English.
  • College and career readiness
    • The SBAC assesses our students ability to problem solve and critical think

Why is SBAC important to me (as a teacher) and as a school site?

  • As teachers, we need to show that we are adequately preparing our students with the necessary skills to be competitive exiting high school
  • As a school site, we want to show that regardless of our students’ socio-economic background or challenges, our students can/will be successful.
  • As a school site, our school funding will be affected by our students’ growth in the SBAC.

School Goal for SBAC:

  • >95% of our 11th graders complete the SBAC test
  • We currently have 456 11th graders
  • We need more than 433 students to complete this test
  • We want to have a higher percentage than the “other unnamed schools” in our district

Tips for SBAC achievement

  • Reading passage heavy. READ the QUESTIONS FIRST!
  • The selections will be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, functional passages, and auditory text. You’ll be provided with headphones.
  • TEST OF ENDURANCE! The longer you stay engaged and focused the higher your score.
  • DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING BLANK! There is no penalty for wrong answers. Besides, you can’t advance through the test or submit your test without answering every question.
  • Use your TOOLS to stay focused.
  • annotate using the highlighter function
  • organize your ideas using the notes function
  • mark your “process of elimination” using the notes function
  • flag questions that you want to revisit
  • use the glossary and calculator tools
  • For the MATH section, you may use scratch paper, but you must input your answers on the computer.
  • Unpack the ELA PERFORMANCE TASK essay with a DO/What chart

Testing Schedule:

  • 11th grade SAI starts on Thursday, May 5th
  • 11th grade regular starts on Monday, May 16th

Block Schedule

  • Block schedule will only occur for the administering of regular SBAC 11th graders for two weeks
  • Monday, May 16th to Friday, May 27
  • Friday, May 27 is a minimum day and will have an altered and shorter block schedule

Typical testing for most students (Non-SAI)

  • Each 11th grader will take two sets of tests (English and Math)
  • For example:
    • Hawthorne Cougar ID #48994 will take the SBAC over 6 days
      • First week (Math)
        • Day One (40 minutes) – Class Activity
        • Day Two (119 minutes) – Performance Task
        • Day Three (119 minutes) – Computer Adaptive Test
      • Second week (English)
        • Day One (40 minutes) – Class Activity
        • Day Two (119 minutes) – Performance Task
        • Day Three (119 minutes) – Computer Adaptive Test

Teachers administering ELA SBAC:

  • Lesan
  • Poland
  • Lin
  • Schlener
  • Rosales
  • Romo
  • Kulig
  • V. Gutierrez
  • Garcia

Teachers administering MATH SBAC:

  • Fuentes
  • Swain
  • Garcia
  • Villegas
  • V. Gonzalez
  • K. Yoshida
  • Nagum
  • Collins

Classes administering SBAC:

  • 11th grade English classes will host the English portion of SBAC
  • 11th grade History classes will host the Math portion of SBAC

Useful SBAC Resources:

Planned SBAC preparation by Department

  • Math
    • Farkouh and his team have developed a weekly plan to focus on math and SBAC tools using Shmoop
  • English
    • Gutierrez and her team have developed a weekly reading passage for students to focus on English skills and SBAC tools
  • History
    • Deutschle and her team have agreed to inform students about basic information on SBAC

Teacher Incentives:

  • Grand Prize – Entry into a raffle for a ticket to attend a Dodger game with Dr. Newell
    • Criteria to win
      • Test administrator is present and on-time for all scheduled test periods
      • Test administrator will have at least 95% student participation and completion of SBAC
  • Prize – Gift card
    • Criteria to win
      • Test administrator is present and on-time for all scheduled test periods
      • Test administrator will have at least 90% student participation and completion of SBAC
Student incentives:
  • Grand Prize – Entry into a raffle for a ticket to attend a Dodger game with Dr. Newell
    • Criteria to win
      • Student has perfect attendance for all scheduled test periods (no tardies, no absences)
      • Student completion of SBAC within designated testing window
  • Prize – Gift card
    • Criteria to win
      • Student completion of SBAC within designated testing window
  • Hero points (5 points per day)
    • Criteria
      • Student has perfect attendance for all scheduled test periods (no tardies, no absences)
      • English and/or Math final class grade change
  • Pending district approval, a 5% increase if a student earns a 3 or 4 on respective test
    • Criteria
      • Student must present official SBAC score report to 11th grade English and/or Math teacher before September 30, 2016
      • If confirmed, teacher submits a grade change form to the records office

Commendations:

Thank you ahead of time for the following people behind the scenes:
Kwun and Ms. Preciado
Farkouh, Ms. Gutierrez, Ms. Deutschle
Flor Rivera
Aren Moore
Molly Nellman
HW Admin Team