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New Smarter Balanced Videos for Students

This is Field Test Flash from the California Department of Education (CDE), a new outreach tool designed to deliver up-to-the-minute information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test. Please forward these flash announcements to all educators who may want to stay apprised of the latest information about the Field Test. To join the Field Test Flash listserv directly, please send a blank e-mail to CAASPP@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Two new videos that provide information to high school and middle school students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test are now available. The videos introduce students to the Field Test and explain the significant contribution they will make in helping to create the operational tests for 2014-15. The videos are posted at the following links:

High school video: http://youtu.be/DXXd451e580
Middle school video: http://youtu.be/YKerb7NsDUE

The Smarter Balanced mathematics assessments for grades six and above allow students to access an embedded calculator appropriate to their grade level. Students in grade six will access a basic calculator, and students in grades seven and above will access a scientific calculator. The available Training Tests provide test items by grade bands, including a mathematics band for grades six through eight. When accessing the Training Test, students should be sure to select their current grade so that they may experience the computer-based testing features and functions, including the calculator, appropriate to their grade level. Training Tests are linked at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/.

For questions related to the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test, please contact the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at caltac@ets.org. Information can also be accessed through the CalTAC Web site at http://californiatac.org/.

For questions about this Field Test Flash, please contact the CAASPP Office at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at caaspp@cde.ca.gov.