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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) 2019



This page answers frequently asked questions about Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) by Teachers, Parents and Students

What is SBAC?
Is Lumos tedBook™ completely aligned with the SBAC assessment guidelines?
How can students succeed on the SBAC test using the Lumos Study Program?
When is the SBAC Timeline?
What states are using SBAC Assessments?
Do you provide computer-based SBAC Practice also?
Where can I find sample items for Smarter Balanced test?

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What is SBAC?

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is one of two state consortiums responsible for developing assessments aligned to the new, more rigorous College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Test developers are working together to create the new computer based English Language Arts and Math assessments.
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Is Lumos tedBook™ completely aligned with the SBAC assessment guidelines?

This SBAC tedBook™ is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Most states that are in the SBAC consortium will measure student achievement through state tests in the Spring of 2016 and SBAC assessments in the 2016-2017 academic year. This book is designed to assist students and teachers during the summative or end-of-the-year assessment period.
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How can students succeed on the SBAC test using the Lumos Study Program?

At Lumos Learning, we believe that yearlong learning and adequate practice before the actual test are the keys to student success on the standardized tests. We have designed the Lumos Study Program to help students get plenty of realistic practice before the test and to promote yearlong collaborative learning.

This Book Includes:

  • Access to Online SBAC Practice Assessments
  • Two Performance Tasks (PT)
  • Two Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT)
  • 30+ Skills foundational to success on Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Five CCSS Domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Numbers and Operations – Fractions, Measurement and Data, and Geometry
  • Engaging reading passages to make learning fun!
  • Detailed answer explanations for every question
  • Teachers Get FREE Access to Lumos StepUp™ Basic Account
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    When is the SBAC Timeline?

    The dates for the 2019 SBAC assessment administration vary based on the state and school district. A summary of expected dates are provided in the table below. Please consult your school to get the exact test dates for your student.

    State Testing Window
    HAWAII 19 Feb – 31 May,2019
    MONTANA Mar 20 – May 24,2019
    SOUTH DAKOTA March 6- May 3, 2019
    VERMONT Mar 12 – May 31, 2019
    WASHINGTON Mar 4 – Jun 7, 2019 

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    Where can I find sample items for Smarter Balanced test?

    This page provides hundreds of smarter balanced sample items for grades 3 to grade 11. The smarter balanced items are available in Math and English Language Arts. Add the links to specific grade and subject.

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    What states are using SBAC Assessments?

    Currently, the following states are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
    Montana (MT), Hawaii (HI), South Dakota (SD), Vermont (VT), Washington (WA).
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    Do you provide computer-based SBAC Practice also?

    Yes, we have online SBAC rehearsal program for schools as well as students.
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    What is in the SBAC?

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is one of two state consortiums responsible for developing assessments aligned to the new, more rigorous College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Test developers are working together to create the new computer based English Language Arts and Math assessments.

    What is the purpose of the Smarter Balanced Test?

    The SBAC is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The SBAC tests are comprised of the Summative Assessments, the Interim Assessments, and the Digital Library which have been designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year.

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