Lebanon Middle School
3 Moulton Ave. Lebanon, NH 03766 Tel: (603) 448-3056 Fax (603) 448-3899
April 1, 2016
Beginning April 18, your child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced test for the second year in a row. The dates for the SBAC have been sent home previously and are posted on the LMS calendar. These tests measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in math and English language arts at his or her grade level. It is important to remember that these tests are aligned to the instruction that takes place in the classroom every day and were developed with teacher input, so they are consistent with the learning goals in each grade level.
The Smarter Balanced test focuses on real world skills, including critical thinking, writing, and problem solving. It has a variety of questions ranging from traditional multiple-choice questions to ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose well-organized essays. As you may remember from last year’s report, each subject will be broken down into categories of skills to show where a student is doing well or needs some extra help. Teachers can use this information to provide more targeted supports or additional challenges depending on the student’s needs.
The results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. They are meant to be one of several measures that illustrate how a student is progressing. Test scores should be used along with in-class performance, report card grades, and teacher reports to form a complete picture of a student’s achievement.
For information about the specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, see the enclosed testing schedule. I also encourage you to take a look at a practice test at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/practice-and-training-tests/. To find out more details about the Smarter Balanced test, visit [INSERT DISTRICT WEBSITE] or visit http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/smarter-balanced.
In the Lebanon School District, our goal is for every student to achieve his or her full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.
Martha A. Langill
Lebanon Middle School