Students at Michael J. Castori Elementary School will participate in the Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessments in grades third through sixth. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing the Common Core State Standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers.The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace existing assessments and provide an academic checkup by measuring students’ real-world skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, they will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help. This Field Test will help ensure the assessments are accurate and fair for all students. The Field Test also will give teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness.
Each Smarter Balanced state individually determined how schools and students would be selected to take the Field Test. At Castori, students in grades third through fifth will take a math and language arts test as well as a performance task in math. For our sixth grade students, they will take a math and language arts test, and a performance task in language arts.