Summative - Smarter Balanced Assessments
Parents may access their child's state assessment scores through the Infinite Campus Portal.
- 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)
Smarter Balanced: 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:
--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.
- overall scale score and achievement level
- performance details for each assessment claim
• 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.
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
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
• Content Specific Claims • (2016)Reporting Category - ELA
- 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.
Claim 1: Reading Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational texts. Claim 2: WritingStudents 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 AnalysisStudents 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 StandardNear StandardAbove StandardTest 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.
For More Information
Reach out to your child's teacher to learn how you can help support your child's learning at home or to ask specific questions about individual student results.GreatKids State Test Guide for Parents (greatschools.org)Smarter Balanced--Parents & Students (smarterbalanced.org/parents)Grade Level Practice Tests and Performance Tasks (smarterbalanced.org)Nevada - Student Tutorials and Online Tools Training (Grade Level) (must use Google Chrome)
Protecting student privacy and data are a top priority. Federal law prohibits the creation of a federal database with students' personally identifiable information and the state of Nevada and individual districts retain control over student information. Any recommended data collection adheres to all federal, state and district privacy laws, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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.
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).
Family Partnership Worksheets
Click on the grade below to access a sample test item for students to share with parents. Also, included is a one-page direction sheet on how to access the Smarter Balanced practice tests on the internet from home.