Quick SBAC exam Q&A

Along with every other public school district in the state, Greenwich Public Schools will implement in 2014 a new set of standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The new exams have been developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11.

Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters addressed a few key points about the new exams in an email Q&A earlier this week with Greenwich Time.

Q: When will the SBAC exams be administered in 2014?

A: We are awaiting approval from the SDE [state Department of Education]. We requested the window between May 19 and June 6.

Q: Can 11th-graders opt out of the SBAC exams?

A: No. It’s a state mandate.

Q: When will the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests in science be administered in 2014?

A:  During the first week of March.

Do you have more questions about the SBAC exams? Feel free to leave them in the comments section, or you can email them to reporter Paul Schott at pschott@scni.com

Paul Schott