The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a coalition of educators in a number of states who have constructed and use the SBAC test. This test is designed to measure the progress of students before, during, and after instruction at grade levels 3 through 8 and 11. We provide practice only for the 11th grade “summative” (post-instruction) tests.
The tests provide levels of both achievement and growth in both English language arts and math and are touted to be appropriate for all students, including ESL, students with disabilities, and other testing subgroups. Over 220 colleges and universities in ten states say they will use SBAC test scores as part of their evaluation of readiness of entering students. Also, a few colleges in South Dakota use the scores as a guarantee of general admission even before the students have applied to the school.
The SBAC tests contain both the standard multiple-choice questions and some other item formats, such as short answer, grid-in items (math), and extended-response (essay or short essay).
And if you’d like to know the type of language this test uses in its questions and directions to the test-taker, go here and scroll down to “Grade 11.”
The actual SBAC test has only two sections for high school: English Language Arts and Literacy(ELA) and Mathematics. However, there is such an enormous amount of content tested that we have subdivided our preparation materials into more manageable sections.
The ELA content divides easily into the four skill areas tested: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Research. Math content goals did not provide for such easy manipulation, however. There are overarching reasoning skills that are expected in many, if not all, of the content areas, and you also have to know the concepts and how to work with them in specific ways. So, we have divided the math sections by content area: Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability for ease of review. In addition, we’ll include information and practice questions that cover the reasoning abilities. Note an “extra” study guide to accommodate this.