Introductory Information for Parents, Educators and Community
In the spring of
2015 Vermont students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11
will begin taking the Smarter Balanced English Language
Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Assessments, along with students in several other states. Learn about Smarter Balanced and how it
differ from our current NECAP tests.
Sample Assessment Items and Performance Tasks
Try out a sample of test questions and performance tasks that are similar to those that will be used on the new Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
SBAC Presentation by Michael Hock
On March 24th, Agency of Education Test Director Michael Hock paid a visit to the Essex Town School Board and provided an overview of Vermont’s new statewide testing program. Known as “Smarter Balanced,” the new assessments are currently being field tested in 27 Vermont schools, including Essex Town. Near the end of the presentation, Michael provides specific guidance on how boards can help get ready for the new assessments.
Statewide Assessment and Students with Disabilities
Presented to the Vermont Family Network by State Testing Director Michael Hock and Alternate Assessment Coordinator Cindy Moran. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Vermont, many parents of students with disabilities are concerned about the statewide assessment of these standards and how their children will meaningfully participate. Click here to view the webinar. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
The Smarter Balanced Consortium’s Lead Math Consultant, Shelbi Cole, visited Vermont and did a presentation at Saint Michael’s College. Her presentation provides an overview of the new testing program’s approach to assessing students’ math skills. Watch her presentation here or View the PowerPoint presentation.