But what is SBAC? SBAC stands for "Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium", and is the new standardized test for the new nationwide Common Core Standards. These tests are entirely on the computer and include math, reading, and research.
The SBAC is designed to be based off of general concepts and application. This means that students will need to know foundation concepts, but not have to memorize formulas, to test critical thinking skills.
Because of the emphasis on critical thinking, some colleges have began looking at the scores and using the results to determine if incoming students should be placed in remedial classes. In California, all campuses in the California State University System and almost 80 community colleges have begun to do this.
|Map of states participating in SBAC testing|
Protest is mounting in numerous ways, from scathing internet posts to entire junior classes deciding to opt-out of them.
But what do you think? Are the SBAC a welcome change from the previous STAR tests? Or is it just another hoop to jump through for public education?
Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant