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Basic Information For Parents and Educators About SBAC Assessments



The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is an adaptive online exam conducted in several states uses automated essay scoring. It is a standardized test consortium.

1. WHAT IS PURPOSE OF SBAC?

The Smart Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test monitors how your child is doing at school to help improve education efforts nationwide, which essentially, also rates the performance of your child’s teacher. While the test is aligned with Common Core standards, it is not an evaluation of the curriculum

2. IS SBAC MANDATORY?

There has been much confusion about whether or not parents can opt their children out of tests like the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. It reads that that there is nothing in state law making tests mandatory.

3. IS SBAC IMPORTANT?

The SBAC acts as a quality control to ensure that all students receive a quality education in addition to developing the personal-social skills needed to be successful Therefore, every student score is important

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4. DO COLLEGES LOOK AT SBAC?

In the past, most state tests had no linkage to higher ed. Smarter Balanced has worked with states and higher education to give meaning to high school exams. Now students who take Smarter Balanced assessments and attend 197 institutions will get assurances they are ready to begin college-level classes.

5. WHAT ARE SBAC SCORES?

State Testing Scale Score Ranges for Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. The cut (or threshold) scores for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4, within the scale score range, were initially developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, with input from thousands of educators and community members

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