CDE now says that most students will take both English and Math SBAC
November 21, 2013 In a letter to superintendents and charter school leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson gave more details on testing for this year. We particularly wanted to highlight this paragraph which reflects updates to what the CDE had previously been telling schools:
To allow for maximum participation in the field test and address LEAs' expressed interest in having their students participate in both ELA and mathematics,a sampling plan that meets the sample size and representative requirements of the consortium, but will also allow for fuller testing in California is being implemented. Ninety-five percent of students will take a sampling of both ELA and mathematics items plus one performance task for one subject. The remaining five percent of students will take either ELA or mathematics items plus one performance task for either subject. The testing time will remain the same for both groups at approximately 3.5 hours. The field test will take place between March 18 and June 6, 2014; schools will test within six week windows during this timeframe. Note that field test data are not valid for the purposes of assessment progress and would not be a fair or valid way to judge student or school performance equality. Therefore, no student scores will be generated. Additional information about the sampling plan including test window assignments will be made available this week (end of November).