I wanted to familiarize my students with the online Smarter Balanced Tests so I am having them do several practice tests.
My Algebra classes, that consist of 7th and 8th graders, will be taken the 7th grade and 8th grade tests. They allow you to do the practice test online, but you don’t get to see how many you missed, what you missed and where did you go wrong. I was thinking I would have to do each of the tests and make answer keys. So I decided to search on the web to see if someone had already done it. Well I found the whole rubric on the Smarter Balance website! They had rubrics for all of the sample/practice tests.
I used the rubrics, which had screen shots of each question, to create an answer sheet that they could fill in as they do the test. Then we could review all of the answers.
I also used the rubrics to print up the performance tasks, so they could do it on paper and I could grade them using the rubric.
So, my 7th and 8th graders worked with their partners to complete the 7th grade online test and we reviewed their answers. They will be doing the 8th grade practice test next week. Deleting stuff on one of the questions is difficult.
6th grade pre-algebra, practiced the 5th grade test with a partner, and tomorrow they will try the 6th grade on their own. We have found that entering fractions are really difficult.
I am going to do the 3rd grade practice tests with my daughter during spring break. Should be interesting!