These 4 little letters mean big changes for summative assessment in Vermont! The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium designed this test to replace the NECAP and assess proficiency of the new Common Core State Standards.
For the past several months, educators have accelerated their preparation for this test, which we will begin administering in grade 3-8, in math and literacy at the end of March. To prepare, our school convened a team of school-based experts in both content and technology, led by Mike Weber, to move our readiness forward.
From the Agency of Education website: As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Vermont joined with a cadre of other states to develop the next generation of educational tests for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. SBAC will be fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), use state of the art computer adaptive testing and accessibility technologies, and will provide a continuum of summative, interim and formative tools that can be used for a variety of educational purposes.
Please take time to look through these resources designed for and available to students and parents: