All Vermont students are required to participate in state assessments. There have been some changes to our state assessment this year which we have outlined below:
State Math and English/Language Arts Assessment: All students in grades 3-8 (and now grade 9 rather than grade 11) are required each spring to take the state test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). SBAC is a computer-adaptive assessment measuring each student’s performance against the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Schools administer SBAC between March 13 and June 1. Individual results will be available in the summer.
Pilot State Science Assessment (new): In May Vermont is piloting a new science assessment this year in grades 5, 8 and 11. Like SBAC, the science assessment is a computer-adaptive assessment measuring each student’s performance against the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This assessment will be administered in May. Because it is a pilot assessment we will not be receiving individual student results.
Pilot State Fitness Assessment (new): In May Vermont is also piloting a new Fitness assessment using the Fitnessgram tool. The state requires that we test our students in four areas: aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Body composition will not be measured or reported. Because it is a pilot assessment we will not be receiving individual student results.
How can I learn more?
For more information about these assessments and the standards they are designed to measure, visit the following sites:
What does this mean for my child?
Please visit your school's website to learn more about what assessment your student will take and when your student will be assessed. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this assessment please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or principal.