Online Education Blog

Our blogs discuss issues pertaining to the Education community for both educators and parents.
Home > Blog Home

Want to try a sample PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessment?

Practice taking Smarter Balanced assessments: The Practice Tests are available to whet your appetite for the real thing (or not). There is a Practice Test for each of grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in both English–language arts and math. Each Practice Test has about 30 questions. While the final Smarter Balanced assessments will be computer-adaptive, the Practice test is fixed form.

Here are  fast facts about Smarter Balanced:

Target grades: ELA and Math, Grades 3-8 and Grade 11

Types of assessments: mandatory computer-adaptive summative assessments and optional interim assessments

Smarter Balanced describes these as its four item types:

o   Selected-response

o   Technology enhanced

o   Constructed-response

o   Performance tasks

Field tests: Scheduled for Spring 2014

Note: Cutoff scores are supposed to be decided after field test.

Full implementation: SY 2014 - 2015

Practice taking PARCC assessments: PARCC assessments are fixed form. Sample questions for ELA/Literacy and Math are available and while they don't emulate the testing environment, they'll educate your expectations (although in some cases, this might be an oxymoron).

And here are fast facts about PARCC:

Target grades: ELA and Math, Grades 3-8 and Grades 9, 10, 11

Types of assessments: Student take performance-based summative assessment toward end of school year and end of year assessments at end of school year. Together these are supposed to provide a summative assessment score for each student. Also developing optional non-summative diagnostic assessment, mid-year assessment, and speaking-listening assessment

PARCC describes its item types as these:

o   Selected-response

o   “Innovative” constructed response

o   Extended performance tasks 

Field tests: Scheduled for Spring 2014 

Full implementation: SY 2014 – 2015











    No comments yet.

Post a new comment:




Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Security Challenge:

Type in the following word: math