Smarter Balanced Assessments: School-Site Resources

The spring testing window (April 1 - May 16, 2014) marks the test of the test, which will help school sites, LAUSD and the state of California to better prepare for the full launch of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments next school year. The scores of this trial run will not count. We do not expect everything to go perfectly during this pre-test, and we are fully aware that there may be issues. Through this practice run we want to identify any issues so we can address them before the full launch.

As schools continue to complete the field test now through May 16, please feel free to reference the following resources, designed to support you during the testing window:

New Common Core-aligned assessments help LAUSD, California and other states ensure all students are on-track to graduate college-prepared and career-ready. The field test will take place this spring.

To provide our students with a strong foundation of skills, the District has transitioned to Common Core State Standards (CSSS). These new standards are designed to prepare students for real-life knowledge and 21st century skills needed to succeed.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are the new, next-generation assessments that LAUSD will be using to measure our students’ understanding of Common Core in math and English languages arts/literacy. The Smarter Balanced Assessments will give parents and students accurate information about whether students are on track to graduate college-prepared and career-ready.

Instead of the old paper-and-pencil approach, the new assessments will be given electronically. In today's global economy, our students need to be provided with 21st century tools needed for 21st century learning. Through the Common Core Technology Project (CCTP), LAUSD is laying the foundation to provide an individual, interactive, and informative experience for every student. These electronic assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to help students demonstrate analytical skills and real-world problem solving using the type of technology they will be expected to use in the future.

School Sites: The IT Division has set up a special hotline for any technical issues related to online testing. Please call 323-224-2450 between 7:30 and 4:30 on days when schools are in session.

Note: Bell Senior High School will take the field test sometime between March 18 and June 6, due to their year round calendar.