State Testing

2016-17 Testing Dates
ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT): April 24-28, 2017

ELA Performance Task: May 1-5, 2017

Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT): May 15-17, 2017

Math Performance Task: May 22-23, 2017

The Smarter Balanced Assessment, often referred to as the “state test”, includes a variety of questions designed to have students apply their knowledge and skills to address real-world problems. On the English Language Arts (ELA) test, students have to use research and writing skills to show their analytical skills and synthesize information. In math, students solve complex problems and then defend their reasoning. There are also multiple-choice questions, like those you and I are familiar with. Some questions also ask students to drag and drop answers into a box, create equations and complete fill-in answers.

How You Can Help
To help your child be successful, please use the following guidelines to help them prepare at home prior to test day:

  • Get adequate rest (approximately 8 hours)
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Wear comfortable clothing (no pajamas, please)
  • Be on time to school
  • Relax!

Online Resources
About the Smarter Balanced Assessment (State Test)

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Family Guide to Smarter Balanced Assessments

Grade 4 Math Standards Practice

More About Grade 4 Expectations (Courtesy of National PTA)