The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in 2010. Region 14 is transitioning our curriculum in K-12 English Language Arts and Math to align with the Common Core and with the new generation of state assessments.
Assessments measure how and what students learn and to determine whether changes and intervention are need to help our students succeed. We use assessment to gauge whether they have the skills and knowledge to be successful learners. We also use assessment to develop new and varied educational experiences that allow our students to develop their talents and abilities.
Region 14 Assessments
The Connecticut Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and are administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in March through June of each school year.
The computer-based assessment system includes summative assessments, optional interim assessments, and formative assessment practices and provides tools to improve teaching and learning. The assessment system includes a computer adaptive test and performance tasks. This assessment can be used to describe student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems.
Optional computer adaptive and fixed form interim assessments can be administered at locally determined intervals. The interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.
SBAC also includes a digital library of instructional and professional learning resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards to help educators implement the formative assessment process and an online reporting system that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports will show student achievement and progress toward toward college and career readiness.
Degrees of Reading Power measures a student’s reading comprehension ability. The results from DRP help teachers monitor reading growth and determine the value of their curriculum so that timely interventions can be made.