The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) constitutes one of two available assessments of the higher standards that have been in place for years to elevate American students’ global competitiveness. Connecticut selected SBAC early, as did Hartford, and adjustments have been under way for years. The initial SBAC results released recently from this past spring need, however, to be put in context. This is a new and more difficult test geared to the critical thinking requirements educators foresee our children needing for literacy, job preparedness, and civic participation throughout their lives.
Achieve Hartford! will be providing several data-based analyses regarding Hartford, its peer urban school districts, and both the strong and weak points of the conversion to SBAC from CMT and CAPT. The following are a number of reports related to SBAC testing:
How did Hartford students perform on the 2016 SBAC test? - In this report, we examine the performance of Hartford Students on the SBAC in both Math and ELA, breaking down the scores by grades, cohorts, and individual schools. We also compare students in Hartford to students from peer districts and surrounding districts.
2015-16 SBAC Growth Model Report - This report examines how much Hartford students improved their SBAC scores from 2014-15 to 2015-16, using the state's new cohort growth model. It includes breakdowns by each cohort and by each school. It also compares neighborhood schools to magnet schools, and Hartford to peer and surrounding districts.
How did Hartford students perform on the 2015 SBAC test? - In this report, we examine the performance of Hartford students on the SBAC in both Math and ELA, breaking down the scores by individual schools.
How did Hartford students perform compared to peer districts, surrounding districts, and the state average? - In this report, we compare students in Hartford schools to students from peer districts, surrounding districts, and the state average. Additionally, we look at Hartford high school performance compared to peer high schools in the state and each grade level performance compared to the state average.
Given the importance of our children knowing how to read by 3rd Grade, how did Hartford students perform on the SBAC English Language Arts (ELA) in the early grades? - Research, from the highest vocabulary development down to the lowest vicissitudes of what leads into the prison pipeline, shows nothing is more important than early-grade reading. In the 2015 Third and Fourth Grade SBAC reading scores, highlighting this crucial early springboard for students’ lifelong success, writing proficiency also was assessed.
On this first year’s administration of the SBAC state tests, how did “High Needs” students in Magnet schools perform compared to non-high needs students in Magnet schools? - In this report, Hartford magnet schools are compared against each other. We look at how non-high needs students and high needs students from magnet schools perform on the SBAC in ELA and Math.