SBAC Testing starts on April 30th

Starting on April 30th, students in grades 3-8 will be taking California’s Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Schedules will be released closer to testing. Starting this week, we would like to provide you with important information and resources pertaining to SBAC.
Did you know that one part of the English Language Arts (ELA) SBAC focuses on listening skills? The 8 Key listening comprehension skills assessed are:
  • Literal Meaning: Questions about facts, details, or information explicitly stated in the audio story (all quizzes)
  • Understanding Vocabulary: Questions about the meanings of words as they are used in the context of the audio story (all quizzes)
  • Making Inferences: Questions asking students to make inferences as they listen to audio stories, interpreting what is said by going beyond the literal meaning (all quizzes)
  • Identifying Main Idea: Questions asking students to identify the main idea or gist of an audio story (all quizzes)
  • Summarizing Content: Questions asking students to summarize the content of an audio story
  • Determining Point of View: Questions asking students to determine a speaker’s point of view or perspective in an audio story
  • Analyzing Reasoning: Questions asking students to analyze a speaker’s reasoning or draw conclusions based on an audio story
  • Finding Evidence: Questions asking students to identify statements or details in an audio story that provide evidence to support inferences, interpretations, or conclusions.
You can use this information to tailor questions for your kids when reading with them. Reading comprehension is more than the ability to read, it is the ability to understand what is being read!