Summative - Smarter Balanced Assessments

    • Nevada Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT)
    • Students in grades 3 to 8
    • First administered in spring 2015
    • Measures student knowledge of the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS)
    • 2-content areas: English language arts/literacy (ELA) and Mathematics
    • Computer-based tests
    • 2-parts (each content area): Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) + Performance Task (PT)
     
    Parents may access their child's state assessment scores through the Infinite Campus Portal.  

Understanding Assessment Results

  • Assessment results for Washoe County students are accessible through the Infinite Campus Portal.
     
    For each assessment completed by a student, student's receive:
    • overall scale score and achievement level
    • performance details for each assessment claim
     
    --The overall scale score and achievement level are based on the student's performance on the test as a whole.
    --Performance detail at the claim level is based on the student's performance on the test items within that particular claim.
  • Individual Student Reports

    > Interpretive Guide to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment Reports (English)

    Resultados en Español (link to Nevada Department of Education) 

     
    Nevada's Achievement Level Descriptors (revised fall 2016)
     Level 4
     The student has exceeded the achievement standard and demonstrates advanced progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
     Level 3
     The student has met the achievement standard and demonstrates progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
     Level 2
     The student has nearly met the achievement standard and may require further development to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
     Level 1
     The student has not met the achievement standard and needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
     
     
    • Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels Scale Score Ranges •
      --Note the achievement level scale scores are not evenly distributed.
     ELA/Literacy
     Grade 3
     Grade 4
     Grade 5
     Grade 6
     Grade 7
     Grade 8
     Level 4
    2490-2623 2533-2663 2582-2701 2618-2724 2649-2745 2668-2769
     Level 3
    2432-2489 2473-2532 2502-2581 2531-2617 2552-2648 2567-2667
     Level 2
    2367-2431 2416-2472 2442-2501 2457-2530 2479-2551 2487-2566
     Level 1
    2114-2366 2131-2415 2201-2441 2210-2456 2258-2478 2288-2486
     --
     Mathematics
     Grade 3
     Grade 4
     Grade 5
     Grade 6
     Grade 7
     Grade 8
     Level 4
     2501-2621  2549-2659 2579-2700  2610-2748 2635-2778  2653-2802
     Level 3
     2436-2500  2485-2548  2528-2578  2552-2609  2567-2634  2586-2652
     Level 2
     2381-2435  2411-2484  2455-2527 2473-2551  2484-2566  2504-2585
     Level 1
     2189-2380  2204-2410  2219-2454 2235-2472  2250-2483  2265-2503
     
    --The Summative-Smarter Balanced overall scale scores fall along a continuous vertical scale from approximately 2000 to 3000 and increase across the grade levels.
     

     

    Performance in Content-Specific Claims

    • Claims provide information about the knowledge and skills students are expected to demonstrate on the assessment related to a particular aspect of the Nevada Academic Content Standards.
    • Performance is reported as Above Standard, At/Near Standard or Below Standard.
     
    • Content Specific Claims • (2016)
    Reporting Category - ELA
    Claim
    Claim 1: Reading  Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts.
    Claim 2: Writing
     Students can produce effective writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
    Claim 3: Listening  Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
    Claim 4: Research & Inquiry  Students can engage in research and inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information.
     --
     Reporting Category - MATH  Claim
    Claim 1: Concepts & Procedures  Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
    Claims 2 & 4: Problem Solving and Modeling & Data Analysis
     Students can solve a range of complex, well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics making productive use of knowledge and problem-solving strategies.
    Students can analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.
    Claim 3: Communicating Reasoning  Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
     
    • Student Performance Details for Content-Specific Claims • (2016)
    Below Standard
     Near Standard
    Above Standard
     Test results clearly show that the student has not yet met the standard.
     Test results show that the student is close to or is just meeting the standard.
     Test results clearly show that the student understands and is able to apply his/her knowledge to the standard.
      --

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About the Smarter Balanced Assessments

  • Smarter Balanced summative assessments:
    --Statewide evaluation of student performance in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
    --Results assist educators in identifying students' academic strengths and weaknesses.
    --Each content area summative assessment is composed of two tests, a computer adaptive test and a performance task.

     Computer Adaptive Test (CAT):

    • Based on student responses, the computer program adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment.
    • For example, a student who answers a question correctly will receive a more challenging item, while an incorrect answer generates an easier question.
    • By adapting to the student as the assessment is taking place, these assessments present an individually tailored set of questions to each student and can quickly identify which skills students have mastered. 
     Computer Based Testing
       
     
    Performance Tasks (PT):
     
    • Performance tasks are designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and higher-order thinking skills.
    • Measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, or complex analysis with relevant evidence.
    • Administered on a computer (but not computer adaptive).
       

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