What is a Performance Task? Is it done in the classroom before the test, during the test? Does it use a computer?
The assessments are comprised of two components (tests) for ELA and mathematics: a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and a Performance Task (PT) also given on the computer. Smarter Balanced recommends that students take the CAT and PT items on separate days. For each content area, Smarter Balanced also recommends that students begin with the CAT items and then the PT.
How many opportunities will a student have for the Summative?
Students will have one opportunity for the Performance Task and one opportunity for the Computer Adaptive Test in each content area (ELA and Mathematics).
What is the difference between practice tests and interim tests, and what is the value of each?
The Practice Test allows students, parents, educators and the public to experience a full grade-level assessment and gain insight into how the Hawai‘i Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments will assess students’ mastery of Hawai‘i’s Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics standards. The practice tests mirror the year-end summative assessments. Each grade level assessment includes a variety of question types and difficulty (approximately 30 items each in ELA/literacy and mathematics) as well as a ELA and mathematics performance task at each grade level (3–8 and 11). The Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use on the upcoming Hawai‘i Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments. The training test is organized by grade bands (grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and high school) and each test contains 14-15 questions. The questions on the training test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types. The training tests do not contain performance tasks. Neither the Practice nor Training Tests are scored. The Interims are scored and recorded in the Online Reporting System. The interim assessments include 2 distinct types of tests that draw from the same bank of items and performance tasks:
- Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) use the same blueprints as the summative assessments and assess the same standards in fixed forms. The ICAs include the same item types and formats, including performance tasks, as the summative assessments, and yield results on the same vertical scale. The ICAs yield overall scale scores, overall performance level designations, and claim-level information.
- Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) focus on smaller sets of targets and therefore provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. The IABs yield overall information for each block.
Do Interim Assessments need to be taken on the secure browser?
Are Interim Assessments open all the time? That is, could students take the Interim during the Summative Assessment window?
The Interims testing window is August 9, 2016 – June 20, 2017.
Are the Interim Assessments just practice tests?
No, they are real tests, scored, and recorded in the Online Reporting System.
Can students take the Practice Test multiple times for practice?
Yes, Practice and Training Tests may be administered an unlimited number of times.
How much time should be devoted to practice tests?
As much time as deemed necessary per student. This should be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Are the Interim Assessments a mandatory pre-practice?
No, they are optional.
Does the Practice Test give feedback about responses?
Yes, scoring guides are available so that student responses may be reviewed.
Where can practice Performance Tasks be found?
Performance Tasks can be found in the grade level chosen within the Practice and Training Tests.
Are practice and training tests available via the Secure Browser?
The Practice and Training Tests are accessible via the Secure Browser and/or via any supported web-based browser. The Practice and Training Tests do not require use of the Secure Browser.
Who is hand scoring the Interim Assessments?
Individual school staff will need to hand score components of the Interims. The hand scoring for the Summative Assessments is being performed by AIR’s sub-vendor, Measurement Incorporated.
If we only use the CAT for Interims, is any hand scoring necessary?
The Interim ICAs are mimics of the full Summative Assessments and both the CAT and PT components must be completed and hand scored for a student to receive a score.
What training is provided for teachers who are hand scoring?
Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) training is forthcoming directly from Smarter Balanced through AIR and HIDOE.
Are Interim Assessment scores dependent on completing the hand-scored items?
Yes. Your turn-around time will depend on your school’s hand-scoring process.